Road junction improvement for Whitehaven

  • 21 to 23 October - Bransty Road closed from Sea View Road to New Road junction for road resurfacing

  • 25 October - Tangier Street closed from Duke Street to Bransty Row for resurfacing works and installing speed cushions

Work starts on £2.5m highways improvement scheme

Existing crossing on Bransty Row, Whitehaven

Works started in August 2019 on a £2.5m highways improvement scheme for Whitehaven.

Cumbria County Council is delivering the project to reconfigure the road junction at Bransty Row/North Shore Road in the town's North Shore area.

The scheme will create an enhanced entrance into Whitehaven as well as easing local congestion, improving traffic flow and enhancing road safety for drivers and pedestrians. The works will also help pave the way for significant new development in the town's North Shore area. Improvement works include:

  • Introduction of traffic light controls on Bransty Row/North Shore Road junction
  • Improved pedestrian crossing points and links between the harbour, the proposed 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 and increase in provision for taxis to reflect forecast increased footfall in the area
  • Enhanced provision for cyclists, people with disabilities and the partially sighted
  • Public realm improvements to enhance the gateway into Whitehaven.

The county council has appointed Thomas Armstrong Ltd as the main contractor for the project. Work started in August 2019 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2020.

Two way traffic will be maintained during peak times. Temporary lights and road closures may be required outside these times but the contractor will try and keep disruption to a minimum. Temporary taxi ranks and bus stops will be provided during the works programme. 

The county council secured £1.66m of funding for the highways upgrade scheme from the government's National Productivity Investment Fund, together with a £834,000 contribution from profit for purpose property firm, BEC, to support the North Shore regeneration.

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