A595 Grizebeck Improvement

Funding decision

On 27 October 2020 the Department for Transport confirmed £12.7m delivery funding for the A595 Grizebeck Improvement. Together with a contribution of £2.2m from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria County Council can now continue work to deliver the improvement.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "This is great news and we welcome the Department for Transport's investment in one of the key routes in Cumbria's road network. Improving the highway network on the A595 has been identified as critical to support economic growth and the movement of goods and people between South and West Cumbria.

"The Grizebeck scheme will not only improve journey times and boost our economy but will also create a safer road from Barrow to West Cumbria. The county council has already carried out significant work developing this scheme and we will now start the detailed design work needed before construction can start."

Next steps

Now that funding has been secured, more detailed scheme development work will start. This work will develop the design in more detail, collect further information from surveys, and prepare the necessary documentation to submit a planning application for the scheme.

We are planning further engagement with the local community and road users to provide an opportunity to comment and feed back on our proposals as the design develops. We are considering how we can best do this given current restrictions, and will provide more information soon.

It is anticipated that the planning application will be submitted in summer 2021, and that once planning permission is secured, the road could open to the public in early 2024.

Project location

The A595 Grizebeck Improvement is a proposed 1 km single carriageway road between Chapels and Grizebeck on the A595. 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 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.

Option 2 Option 2 (PDF 548KB)

Following technical work and public consultation, the 'blue route' was selected as the preferred option for the A595 Grizebeck Improvement.

The route was one of two options under consideration by Cumbria County Council.

The decision was based on an assessment of evidence, including public feedback, environmental, engineering and economic and deliverability assessments. This work identified a range of reasons for why the blue route should be preferred:

  1. The blue route meets the strategic objectives of the Major Road Network, by improving connectivity and journey time reliability, as well as improving the resilience of the A590
  2. The blue route has public support, with 75 percent of respondents preferring the route
  3. The blue route is deliverable, with the existing A595 still available for use during the construction period
  4. The blue route demonstrates value for money in the economic appraisal, with reduced journey times and improved safety 

The Preferred Route Report (PDF 546kb) documents this process, using the evidence prepared as part of the scheme development to recommend a preferred route for the A595 Grizebeck Improvement.

A public consultation on the scheme proposals was held from 19 October to 16 November 2018. A consultation document (PDF 2MB) 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 (PDF 512kb) and the blue route (PDF 543kb)

Two drop-in events were held at Grizebeck Community Hall on 19 October and 7 November 2018. The public could view the consultation material at these events, and ask questions to members of the project team.

The public engaged well with the consultation, with over 300 sign-ins at the drop-in events, and over 250 consultation responses via the feedback form. This excellent response demonstrates the importance of the A595 to communities and employers in South and West Cumbria. 

The results of the consultation showed the majority of respondents support the blue route. When compared to the red route, 75 per cent of people preferred the blue route.

The results of the public consultation are presented in the Consultation feedback report (PDF 3MB) and a summary of the feedback is also provided in the Consultation summary report (PDF 588kb).

Upcoming work:

  • Development of the preliminary design for the scheme
  • Further engagement with local community and road users

Autumn 2020:

  • Confirmation of delivery funding from the Department for Transport

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