A595 Whitehaven

Proposal to investigate the case for improvements to the A595 around Whitehaven.

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

In March 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced their £27bn plans for the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) from 2020 to 2025.

The A595 Whitehaven scheme was not included as part of the programme. As explained in the RIS2 document, local authority work has highlighted potential improvements which could be considered in any future Government funding.

We are committed to maintaining and enhancing the network in Cumbria, ensuring those who use our roads remain safe and feel the benefits of any improvements in the future.

Timeline

Date Event
November to December 2018 Public consultation
March 2020 Decision on RIS 2 investment

Why we need this scheme

Cumbria is home to a number of important industries, employing thousands of people in the region.

The A595 is an important route and caters for freight, local and agricultural traffic. The current route is a single carriageway through the study area with a lack of overtaking opportunities. The A595 in West Cumbria serves several towns and villages, with several sections where the road passes directly in front of residential properties. The section of the route which passes through Whitehaven suffers from delay, poor journey times and safety concerns.

In 2017, Secretary of State Chris Grayling made a promise to constituents that a consultation would be launched to provide improvements to the A595.

Aims

Improvements to the A595 around Whitehaven are important to solve current and future transport problems and to the continued development of the Cumbrian economy.

Improvements to the A595 around Whitehaven would provide the opportunity to:

  • improve journey times, reliability and resilience on the A595 in this area
  • reduce accidents along the route
  • reduce physical barriers for communities
  • improve air quality and noise for those that live and work along the route
  • improve connectivity between key employment areas of Cumbria along the route
  • contribute to the future economic growth of Cumbria

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A595 northbound between the junctions with the A5094 north of Whitehaven and the A597 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 June 2020 to 06:00 on 5 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2020 to 13 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 5:02 am
Location : The A595 northbound between the A5094 south of Whitehaven and the junction with the A597 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 22 May 2020 to 06:00 on 13 June 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:00 pm
Location : The A595 southbound between the A597 and the junction with the A5094 north of Whitehaven. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:19 on 22 May 2020 to 06:00 on 17 June 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 7:19 pm
Location : The A595 southbound between the junctions with the A5094 north of Whitehaven and the A5094 south of Whitehaven. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 26 May 2020 to 15:30 on 26 May 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A595 northbound between the junctions with the A5094 south of Whitehaven and the A5094 north of Whitehaven. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 26 May 2020 to 15:30 on 26 May 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm

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