Safer Roads - A592

Cumbria County Council will soon be engaging with stakeholders and residents regarding the works to the A592.  The interventions will be between its junctions with the A66 at Rheged to the north, and the Cooks House Corner roundabout with the A591 at Windermere to the south.  The works include a variety of measures including resurfacing, repairing and replacing verge markers, signage, vegetation clearance, installing crash barriers, and traffic calming measures.

Overview of proposed road safety improvements to A592 (PDF 1MB)

A592 September Public Information Sessions (PDF 427KB)

A592 June 2021 Public Information Session - presentation (PDF 806KB)

A592 Information Leaflet (PDF 5MB)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The A592 was identified as part of the Department for Transport (DfT) research as requiring improvements to make the road safer.  This was based on surveys of the road as well as reviewing accident data.  Previously, road safety measures tended to be 'reactive' - in other words making safety improvements after a collision.  This method is more proactive, looking at the infrastructure of a road to make safety improvements before a collision happens.

So far, we have been working on the designs of the scheme.  The Council appointed a consultant to carry out the initial outline designs including various options to improve safety on the A592.  This included reviewing the existing safety information, and workshops with the project team and colleagues in Highways, to determine any other safety measures that might be needed.  We are now in a position where we are ready to show the plans to the public and stakeholders to inform them of the detail of the scheme.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a delay to the project, as members of the project team were redeployed to help with the Council's response to Covid-19 over the summer months.  Since then the project team has been working hard with the consultants to pick up where we left off.  Also, due to the restrictions we were unable to carry out face to face public and stakeholder engagement sessions.  This meant that we were only able to communicate virtually which was challenging given the complexity of this scheme.  We were also awaiting the funding from DfT for the A592.

We held a public engagement session in Troutbeck on 11 March 2020 to present initial proposals and then one was planned for Glenridding.  However, due to flooding and a major incident with the water supply this never took place.  We are now in a position to present proposals to the public and businesses, in the first instance virtually, and as restrictions ease, with face to face public sessions.  These will allow the public to view proposals, and share their views of the scheme, which the council can then consider.  The County Council has held meetings recently with stakeholders including County and District Councillors, The Lake District National Park Authority, The National Trust, Natural England, the Parishes and the District Councils officers.

We want to keep the public as up to date as possible and fully acknowledge that we cannot rely just on 'digital communication'.  We will therefore be working closely with the parishes and other partners to ensure information is available within the community.  Noticeboards will be installed in strategic locations along the route and there will be regular updates in Parish Newsletters, and any other printed material produced by partners.  We will also send updates out to partner organisations who can share information with their own networks/social media as well.  We will also be providing a regular newsletter to residents and businesses.

The scheme on the A592 will see a number of safety works including replacing and installing new signage such as hazard signs for a bend, and new black and white chevron signs.  Verge markers will also be installed to assist drivers, as well as new crash barriers in locations where there is a risk of vehicles leaving the road.  Road surfacing will be improved along with improvements to road markings.

We are currently working closely with colleagues in Highways, and the designers to work out the best way of undertaking the works on the road.  We understand the key importance of this route, not just for the residents and businesses in the area, but also for the tourists who come to visit the area.  We are therefore working hard to determine how to deliver the measures safely with the least amount of disruption.  Some works will be able to take place with either 'stop/go' boards, temporary traffic lights, or through overnight works.  However, other works will require road closures in places, in particular works on Kirkstone Pass.  Whenever a road closure is needed, we will ensure advance notice is provided to make as many people aware as possible, we will also ensure clear signage is in place for diversion routes.

We will ensure we work closely and communicate with local businesses in the area in advance of works taking place and do our best to minimise disruption.  We will also use signage to let visitors know that businesses are open as usual and how they can access them.

The works are likely to start in autumn 2021 and will be phased in sections over 2-3 years, due to the length of route, complexity of interventions and periods where we cannot work (e.g. winter months on Kirkstone Pass, avoiding some school holidays).  We will work with local residents and businesses to understand the best times to carry out works which cause the least amount of disruption.  However, unfortunately some disruption is inevitable.  We are therefore planning to have a robust communications strategy using websites, social media, text message alerts, printed material and signage to give people as much advanced warning as possible of upcoming works.

We are in contact with the various utility companies as well as checking what other highways work needs to take place on the network, to ensure diversion routes can run smoothly.  We will also ensure clear signage is in place for diversion routes.

At the moment we are not looking at changing the speed limit along any of the route, however, we are keeping this under review.  At key locations we are considering traffic calming measures where there is currently a conflict with vehicles and pedestrians in particular.

We are very mindful of the beauty of the area, and its status as a National Park and World Heritage Site.  We need to install crash barriers to make the route safer, but we will therefore use barriers that are wood-clad in places and at Kirkstone Pass, a dry-stone wall type barrier is proposed.

The funding we have available from DfT is to cover specific items.  Unfortunately, the issue at Stybarrow Crag was not identified by the DfT and therefore was not covered by the funding allocation.  However, we acknowledge there are safety issues and we are working with local interested parties to identify a solution for that area and how it could be funded. As this element progresses we will provide updates on this page.

The council is committed to keeping you informed about the Safer Roads Project and has number of ways of doing this:

  • Public Information - posted on noticeboards along the route, and published in leaflets and newsletters.
  • General Enquiries - to answer specific questions and concerns via a dedicated mailbox: A592@cumbria.gov.uk
  • Mailing List - to provide direct updates on the A592 Project.  If you would like to receive direct updates via the A592 Project mailing list please send your name and email address to: A592@cumbria.gov.uk.  You can stop receiving these updates and have your contact details removed from the mailing list at any time.  To do this please contact the Team by emailing: A592@cumbria.gov.uk

The issue of inconsiderate parking has been raised by various stakeholders and members of the public. We are currently looking into the implementation of additional lines (through a Traffic Regulation Order), and the enforcement of them.

Our designers are carrying out a review of existing signage warning drivers of pedestrians, and then considering where else they could be installed, in particular where footpaths come out onto the road, or at locations which are inherently busy with pedestrians, for example - Glencoyne Bay area. 

We are currently working on the designs and looking at which contractors can do which works and the order of the works.  We will share details on here when we have them. Work is likely to start in Autumn 2021 at the northern end of the route. 

Yes, we will look at advance warning signs and 'gateway features' which encourage drivers to slow down before they enter the 30mph zone. We are also looking at traffic calming for vehicles leaving a village as well - ensuring they don't speed up before the national speed limit sign.