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04 February 2021

County council invests more than £200m in key schemes for Cumbria

Today Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet members were updated on how the council has continued to secure significant additional external investment into a range of key schemes, as well as successfully delivering a number of high profile projects despite the COVID pandemic.

Over the last year (2020/21) over £200 million of additional grant funding has been secured including securing funding for the following:
  • Carlisle Southern Link Road - £134m
  • Carlisle Station Gateway - £20m
  • Sewells Lonning improvements - £0.587m
The council has also secured an extra £9.340m from the government pothole fund.

On top of this and despite COVID the following schemes have been successfully delivered within COVID restrictions and guidance:
  • Opening of replacement Pooley Bridge (a £7m scheme)
  • The resurfacing of over 100 miles of road (at a cost of £4m)
  • Completed over 45 school maintenance projects (investing over £5m into the County’s schools)
  • Completed the Keswick Flood alleviation scheme on Penrith Road (investing £2.5m)
  • £175k investment into the Ormsgill family centre
Capital investment can make a huge difference towards shaping the future of the county in terms of economic growth, stimulating regeneration and construction, and improving the quality of life for Cumbrian residents. It will also support the county council’s response to the Climate Emergency, as increasing action will need to be delivered across a number of programmes and projects.

Funding is being sought to allow various projects and programmes to be brought forward in response to the Climate Emergency including a number of schemes to protect homes and businesses as part of the Lead Local Flood Programme; electric vehicle charging points being installed around the county; the council’s Corporate Estate Carbon Management Plan and improved cycling and walking infrastructure.
 
In Cumbria we have lots of different towns with a diverse range of needs and opportunities. The Council will continue to work closely with the district councils and local partners to secure funding through a number of different initiatives, to help revitalise towns across the county and ensure no area is ‘left behind’, such as the Future High Street Fund, Towns Deals and Borderlands Place Programme.
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County council invests more than £200m in key schemes for Cumbria