Road junction improvement for Whitehaven

Existing crossing on Bransty Row, Whitehaven

Cumbria County Council is proposing a £ 2.5million highways improvement scheme for Whitehaven designed to help pave the way for significant new development in the town's North Shore area.

A consultation is taking place on plans to reconfigure the road junction at Bransty Row/North Shore Road to ease congestion, improve traffic flow and enhance road safety for drivers and pedestrians. The project will not only assist future development in the North Shore area but also create an enhanced entrance into Whitehaven.

£ 1.66million of funding for the highways improvement scheme has been secured from the government's National Productivity Investment Fund, together with a £ 834,000 contribution from BEC.

BEC will be bringing forward an exciting multi-million pound regeneration scheme for the North Shore, including plans for managed work space, a 100-plus bed hotel and a multi-storey car park.

On Monday 9 April, Cumbria County Council launched a four week consultation on the highway improvement scheme, which includes:

  • introduction of traffic light controls on Bransty Row/North Shore Road junction
  • improved pedestrian crossing points and links between the harbour, the new developments and the town centre's historic core
  • enhancement of the road junction at Tangier Street/George Street to improve traffic flow and facilitate development
  • relocation of southbound bus stop on Bransty Row and northbound bus stop to Tangier Street
  • relocation and tripling of provision for taxis to reflect forecast increased footfall in the area
  • reduction of the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on section of Bransty Row
  • public realm improvements to enhance the gateway into Whitehaven.

People were invited to have their say and discuss the scheme with Cumbria County Council. Drop-in sessions took place on:

  • Tuesday 10 April, 2pm-6pm - Wetherspoons Bransty Arch, 5 Bransty Row, Whitehaven, CA28 7XE
  • Monday 23 April, 3pm-7pm - Tesco Superstore, Bransty Row, Whitehaven, CA28 7XY

Overall feedback of the scheme was positive. We thank those who attended for their feedback.