Five-year roadworks plan for Cumbria

More than £150 million of roadworks will be carried out on major roads in Cumbria, and north Lancashire, in the next five years.

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Five-year roadworks plan for Cumbria announced

The improvements have been announced. Credit: PA

A five-year plan for roadworks in Cumbria and North Lancashire, costing £150 million, has been revealed today.

Highways England is aiming to improve the condition and capacity of major roads in the region.

Transport bosses met in Penrith to discuss the plan, which includes improvement works to the M6, M55, A585, A590, A595 and A66.

More than £30 million will be spent this year on the following schemes:

  • M6 resurfacing north of junction 34 at Lancaster and on the southbound carriageway near Burton-in-Kendal services, and new deer fencing along the motorway
  • M55 resurfacing along the eastbound carriageway at Wesham
  • A66 upgrades to drainage between Lambfoot and Dubwath, east of Cockermouth, and resurfacing of the Stainburn bypass and the dual carriageway section near Crackenthorpe outside Appleby
  • A585 resurfacing between Station Road and Dock Street near Fleetwood, and drainage upgrades between Mains Lane and Shard Lane near Poulton
  • A590 resurfacing around the Brettargh Holt roundabout, north of the junction 36 of the M6, and a project to reduce collisions involving slow moving vehicles emerging from Foulshaw Lane near Levens
  • A595 resurfacing between Blackbeck and Nursery Road, and between Blackbeck and Calder Bridge

Road users in Cumbria and north Lancashire will share in the Government’s massive investment in the road network over the next five years.

The North West’s motorways and dual carriageways form the backbone for the region’s economy and this huge investment will ensure they remain healthy for many years to come.

It’s vital that we continue to improve the existing road network which is why we’re investing millions of pounds on resurfacing, safety barriers and other maintenance projects across the whole North West region, including Cumbria and North Lancashire.”

– Alan Shepherd, North West Regional Director at Highways England

Roadworks costing £150 million to be carried out in Cumbria and North Lancashire

£150 million of improvements will be made. Credit: PA

More than £150 million of roadworks will be carried out on major roads in Cumbria, and north Lancashire, in the next five years.

Highways England will set out its plan for the region's motorways and A roads at an event in the Rheged Centre, near Penrith, today.

Transport bosses will explain how they will repair, maintain and improve roads including: the M6, M55, A585, A590, A595 and A66.

Last year, the government set out its £15 billion plan to improve the condition of England's roads.

The Department for Transport will also carry out studies into increasing the capacity of two other major roads - the A66 and A69.

But some motorists in the region are unhappy with roadworks already scheduled to take place over the next three months, on two of the major roads into Carlisle - the A69 and A689.

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