Residents, businesses and road users are being asked to have their say on the latest proposals to improve part of the A595.
Cumbria County Council is launching a public consultation to seek people’s views on the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement scheme ahead of submitting a planning application in the summer.
The consultation opens today for six weeks, closing on May 24.
This fourth and final consultation includes all proposed improvements under the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement scheme, which extends over 5km from Cock Bridge to the Threapland Junction.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is not possible to hold face-to-face meetings during this consultation. Instead, key stakeholders and the public are invited to attend free virtual events during which, there will be the opportunity to provide feedback on the latest designs, as well as ask the project team any specific questions relating to the proposals.
Virtual events will be held online on:
- April 28 – 2pm to 3.30pm
- May 5 – 6pm to 7.30pm
- May 8 – 1pm to 2.30pm
Details on how to join these free online events can be found at www.cumbria.gov.uk/A595Bothel
Printed feedback forms have also been distributed to local residents and can be returned free of charge to FREEPOST CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL.
Feedback received will be reviewed and changes made to the scheme where possible before the planning application is submitted.
Keith Little, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The proposed improvements to the A595 here are really important. They will not only improve journey times and help boost the county’s economy but also create a safer and more resilient road network.
“This is the fourth time that the county council has sought views from local people and at each stage, proposals have been tweaked and changed based on feedback.
“This final round of consultation shows the full extent of the scheme on a fly-through video and on plans with computer-generated images to really bring it to life.
“I’d strongly encourage people to take the time to get involved, read the consultation document, look at all the information and give us your feedback – it’s important that local people have their say, so we can develop the best possible scheme.”
Construction of the scheme is dependent on Cumbria County Council obtaining the necessary planning and statutory approvals and securing the funding from the Department for Transport.