A595 Grizebeck Improvement

Project overview

The A595 Grizebeck Improvement is a proposed 1 km single carriageway road between Chapels and Grizebeck on the A595 north of Barrow. The route runs to the east of the existing A595, past properties at Dove Bank and Dove Ford Farm, before crossing the existing A595 and then forming a new junction with the A595/A5092 to the west of the existing junction.  Improving the highway network on the A595 has been identified as critical to support the economic growth of West and South Cumbria. The scheme will also ensure the A595 can function adequately as a strategic diversion route for the A590. 

On 27 October 2020 the Department for Transport confirmed £12.178 million delivery funding for the A595 Grizebeck Improvement. Together with a contribution of £2.24 million from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria County Council can now continue work to deliver the improvement.

Location plan (PDF 389KB)

If you have any queries or comments regarding the Grizebeck project, please contact the project team at A595Grizebeck@cumbria.gov.uk

A public consultation will be undertaken to gather views on the A595 Grizebeck Improvement prior to submission of a planning application in Summer 2021.

Please read our Consultation Brochure to find out more.  You can also join us at one of our virtual consultation events to listen to a presentation on the improvement, to feedback on the latest design and to ask the project team any questions you have. 

Virtual events can be accessed using the links below. Please select the specific date/time to access the event. 

These links will only work on the day of the event:

Further details on how to join these events will be provided on this webpage.  

If you are unable to attend the virtual events you will still be able to provide feedback in other ways. This includes printed feedback forms that have been distributed to local residents and can be returned by post or an online version of the feedback form.  In addition, all consultation materials are available to access on this webpage now the consultation period has gone live.

All virtual events are 90 minutes long. Each event will give a presentation on the scheme, present the 3D flythrough video and provide a question and answers session.  If you miss the start of the event, you will still have the opportunity to dial into the second session and see the same content.

You can provide feedback through our online consultation questionnaire.

Objectives of the project

Improving the highway network on the A595 has been identified as critical to support economic growth and the movement of goods and people between West and South Cumbria. The scheme will also ensure the A595 can function adequately as a strategic diversion route for the A590.

The project objectives are to:

  • Support economic growth
  • Improve connectivity 
  • Improve journey times 
  • Improve safety for all road users 
  • Minimise traffic impacts on communities

June 2021 update

The following activities are currently ongoing:

  • Ecology and land surveys 
  • Ground Investigations
  • Engagement with the local community and landowners
  • Development of the preliminary design, with drainage being a key consideration 
  • Preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and further supporting documents for the planning application

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Planning 

In line with The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, a Screening Request and Scoping Report were submitted to Cumbria County Council (CCC) as the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for the A595 Grizebeck Improvements. The aim of the Scoping Report is to provide sufficient information to allow the Planning Authority to state their opinion as to the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided in the EIA report (a 'scoping opinion'), to support any future planning application for the Scheme.

  • The result of the Scoping Opinion was that an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and the production of an EIA report will be required to support any future planning application for the Scheme.
  • Work on the production of the EIA Report, associated survey work and planning application have started and aim to be submitted to the Planning Authority in Summer 2021. 

EIA Scoping Report - A595 Grizebeck Transport Improvement (PDF 2MB)

The future works timetable includes:

  • Submit the planning application for the scheme (Autumn/Winter 2021)
  • Receive planning approval for the scheme (Spring 2022)
  • Further public consultation (Winter 2022)
  • Procurement of a Design and Build contractor (Winter 2022)
  • If required proceed with the Compulsory Purchase Order on land (Winter 2022)
  • Submission of land purchase documentation to the funder for review (Winter 2022)
  • Development of a detailed design (Summer 2023)
  • Receival of a finalised cost plan for the scheme (Summer 2023)
  • Submission of the Full Business Case (FBC) (Summer 2023)
  • Department for Transport approval of the FBC for the full scheme funding to be released (Autumn 2023)
  • Planned construction start (Autumn 2023)
  • Planned construction end date (Winter 2024)
  • Planned project end date (Winter 2025)

In September 2018 the Cumbria County Council undertook a series of road safety studies, one of these studies was for the A595 and A5092 between Greenodd and Duddon Bridge.

This study report has highlighted 2 areas of recommended measures. Firstly, a reduction in speed limits to 40mph and 50mph within the study section, and secondly to implement double white no overtaking road markings at Bank End.  Both these will help to reduce collision numbers and create a safer highway environment

Upcoming steps in the scheme include:

  • Approval of funding at an upcoming Cabinet meeting
  • Initial consultation for the speed limit changes (Autumn 2021)
  • Consider feedback from initial consultation (Winter 2021)
  • Second consultation (Winter 2021)
  • Implementation of the scheme (Spring 2022)

A595 and A5092 Road Safety Scheme map (PDF 189KB)

Route options consultation - October/November 2018

A public consultation on the scheme proposals was held from 19 October to 16 November 2018. A consultation document was produced, which summarised the existing issues and constraints in the area, the scheme development to date, and sought feedback on two options - the red route and the blue route. 

2 drop-in events were held at Grizebeck Community Hall on 19 October and 7 November 2018. 

Other key points from the public consultation included:

  • The importance of ensuring road safety
  • The easing of traffic congestion along this route
  • Improving the journey time on the A595
  • Protecting the land and farming activities that currently take place in the community
  • Ensuring that the local businesses thrive
  • Reducing the air pollution and carbon emissions from traffic and construction vehicles
  • Reducing the noise from traffic and construction vehicles
  • Having good access to properties around the scheme

The results of the public consultation are presented in the Consultation feedback report and a summary of the feedback is also provided in the Consultation summary report.

Route Options

Following public consultation in 2018, the 'blue route' (Option 2 plan below) was selected as the preferred option for the A595 Grizebeck Improvement.

The Preferred Route Report documents this process, using the evidence prepared as part of the scheme development to recommend a preferred route for the A595 Grizebeck Improvement


Consultation document (PDF 2MB) - The consultation document that was shown to the public showing the scheme overview and issues.

Red route (PDF 512KB) - The red route option for the scheme.

Blue route (PDF 543KB) - The blue route option for the scheme.

Consultation feedback report (PDF 3MB) - Detailed results from the consultation.

Consultation summary report (PDF 588KB) - Key points and results from the consultation.

Preferred Route Report (PDF 546KB) - Shows the evidence that was prepared to recommend the preferred route for the scheme.

Option 2 (PDF 548KB) - Shows the Route that was chosen.

  • An Outline Business Case (OBC) requesting £12.178 million was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in April 2019
  • A Full Business Case (FBC) requesting £2.24 million was submitted to Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) in April 2020 
  • The DfT approved the scheme to Programme Entry for the Major Road Network (MRN) programme on 27th October 2020
  • The CLEP approved the award of £2.24 million on 10th November 2020
  • CLEP funding is being used to develop the design for the planning application, and land purchase until the DfT funding ( £12.178 million) becomes available after the DfT Full Business Case (FBC) has been submitted and approved in Spring 2023

West of the M6 Connectivity

In December 2015 a 'West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study' was undertaken on behalf of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and Highways England (HE). The purpose of the study was to examine the issues and constraints associated with the strategic road connectivity of the West of Cumbria, and the route capability, resilience, and reliability of the A595, A590 and A66 to the west of the M6.

As a result of this study the A595 at Bothel and the A595 at Grizebeck were recognised as two areas that would benefit from improvements.