A595 Whitehaven Public Consultation

Closes 19 Dec 2018

Opened 7 Nov 2018

Overview

We’re holding a public consultation 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 by sharing any problems you are aware of and by providing your views on the potential solutions we’ve identified.

Your comments will help us better understand the local area and transport issues.

We will listen to everyone’s feedback and we’ll consider these during the development of any improvements.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks, between 7 November and 19 December 2018.

How to respond

There are lots of ways you can tell us what you think. Why not come along to one of our consultation events detailed below:

Date Time Venue Address
Saturday 17 November 10am – 4pm Beacon Museum The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY
Wednesday 28 November 2pm – 7pm Beacon Museum The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY
Thursday 29 November 10am – 2pm Ingwell Hall (Gunson Room) Ingwell Drive, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA24 3JZ

Alternatively, you can respond to the consultation using one of the following methods by 19 December 2018:

  • Online – complete the response form online below
  • Complete the consultation response form in the consultation brochure and return it using the freepost address provided
  • Email your response to: A595Whitehaven@highwaysengland.co.uk
  • Post – write to us at:

Business Reply Plus

Licence Number

RTZS–CEET–CSXR

WSP

Amber Court

William Armstrong Drive

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE4 7YQ

All responses should be returned by 19 December 2018.

Why we are consulting

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

Altogether, the nuclear and energy sectors, and their suppliers, employ around 27,000 people, with a significant proportion in West Cumbria.

This includes Sellafield, the largest nuclear site in Europe, where there are over 10,000 on-site and associated local areas.

In the future, Cumbria is expected to attract over £60 billion of investment along the coast.

This includes a new nuclear power station at Moorside, plans for a new National Grid network in the county, and proposals for a new mine close to Whitehaven.

To support this investment and boost the economy, the current road network will need to improve. See the map below for the study area.

The A595 is an important route and caters for freight, local and agricultural traffic. The A595 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. There are many junctions along the route through the study area, which is approximately 7.3km in length.

What happens after the consultation

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

We will use this feedback 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.

This information will help inform the design of any improvements.

Once we have reviewed the design, we will carry out another round of public consultation in the future.

There would also be a considerable amount of investigation work, including environmental impact studies, wildlife surveys and detailed traffic modelling.

 

Share your views

Audiences

  • All members of the public

Interests

  • Roads