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Link road in the North West approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Cumbria County Council’s development control and regulation committee has given the go-ahead to an application for the Carlisle Southern Link Road.

The link road will connect junction 24 of the M6 with the A595 at Newby West.

The permission is subject to 41 planning conditions that seek to ensure the road is built in line with the plans submitted.

Public consultation and environmental surveys were carried out before the submission of a planning application to the council.

The road, which will be 8km long with a speed limit of 60mph, includes four roundabouts, three road bridges, and a combined cycleway and footpath on the northern side of the road.

In February 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) committed funding to the road, while in July this year, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet entered into a funding agreement with Homes England for £134 million.

The council is now looking to procure a contractor to undertake detailed design and construction of the road.

Work is scheduled to start on site in spring 2022, it is anticipated the construction of the road will take about two years to complete.

The council explained that the link road will support the economic recovery of the county from Covid-19 and the delivery of initiatives such as the St. Cuthbert’s Garden Village, which is set to deliver 10,000 new homes in Carlisle. The link road will improve east-west connectivity in the south of the city.

Stewart Young, leader of Cumbria County Council, said: “This is another significant milestone in the project and brings us that one step closer towards creating this new strategic road that will provide so many benefits. It is key to helping unlock both housing and economic growth and investment at a time when our county really needs it the most.”

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