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.
|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.
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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