A595 WhitehavenRecently updated

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

Progress report

The first Road Investment Strategy (RIS) covered investment in England’s motorways and major roads during the 2015 to 2020 road period. This was the initial step in a long-term programme to improve England’s motorways and major roads. We are repeating this process and work is now underway to develop the second Road Investment Strategy, known as RIS 2, covering the second road period from 2020 to 2025.

As part of the planning for RIS 2, the Government has commissioned us to examine the issues on the A595 around Whitehaven, including consideration of potential improvements.

As part of this work, we have looked at the current and future problems on the route, along with the constraints, opportunities and reliability of the route, as well as its ability to cope with events such as accidents or extreme weather.

What's next?

We’re holding a public consultation from 7 November 2018 to 19 December 2018 to hear your views on the existing road and our proposals on how to improve the route around Whitehaven. We would also like to take the opportunity to gather feedback and information on the section of the A595 to Sellafield to feed into our long term strategy for the route.

You can help us improve the route by identifying any problems, including providing your views on the potential solutions we’ve identified. Your comments will help us better understand the local area and transport issues along the route. We will listen to everyone’s feedback and we’ll consider these during the development of any improvements going forward.

Have your say on our consultation page

We are holding three public information events in November 2018 to give you the opportunity to see our proposals and give us your feedback.

Please come along a see us at one of the following events in November 2018:

Date Time Venue Address
Saturday 17 November 10:00am to 16:00pm Beacon Museum The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY
Wednesday 28 November 14:00pm to 19:00pm Beacon Museum The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY
Thursday 29 November 10:00am to 14:00pm Ingwell Hall (Gunson Room), Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Whitehaven, CA24 3JZ

Once the consultation period has closed on 19 December, we’ll analyse all responses and compile them into a consultation report, summarising the feedback.

We will use this to inform what improvements we should take forward for further development and assessment work. We will also use any feedback received about the local area to identify any specific constraints we need to be aware of along the route and within the wider study area. This could include known environmental constraints or information around future developments and will help inform the design of any improvements.


Date Event
November to December 2018 Public consultation
Autumn to Winter 2019 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 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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