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13 January 2021

Public invited to have their say on proposed junction improvement on the A595 at Bothel

Local residents, businesses and users of the A595 are being asked to have their say on latest proposals to improve the A595 within the vicinity of Bothel.

Cumbria County Council is launching a consultation on Wednesday 13 January to seek people’s views on the further design for the proposed improvement to the Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction on the A595 at Bothel.

The proposed improvement to the Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction is part of a wider scheme to improve 5km of the A595 from Cock Bridge to Threapland Junction (A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement) which was subject to previous consultation in November 2018 and June 2019. These consultations identified that the Greyhound Inn/ Torpenhow Junction was seen as a priority for the local community. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the council regrets it will not be possible to hold face-to-face public meetings. Instead two Virtual Q and A events will be held via Microsoft Teams on

  • Monday 18 January, between 2.30pm and 4pm 
  • Wednesday 20 January between 5.30pm and 7pm 

For details on how to join these free online events please visit the project website at cumbria.gov.uk/A595Bothel.

The consultation will close on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

People can give their feedback by going online at cumbria.gov.uk/A595Bothel. Printed feedback forms are being distributed to local residents and can be returned free of charge to: FREEPOST CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Under the proposals, the Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction will change from an existing crossroads into a staggered priority junction with ghost islands (see graphic below). This will allow traffic to wait at the ghost islands before turning right into the minor roads. This will improve the flow of traffic as well as the general safety for all road users. This alteration to the Greyhound Inn/ Torpenhow Junction and lowering the existing height of the Torpenhow Road and a section of the A595 will enhance road safety by improving forward visibility from each of the side roads.

Feedback from the consultation will be used to make changes to the junction improvement scheme where possible.

Further public consultation is planned in Spring 2021 for the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement Cock Bridge to Threapland Junction before a planning application is submitted in 2021. 

Construction of the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement is dependent on Cumbria County Council obtaining the necessary planning and statutory approvals and securing the funding from the Department for Transport.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “Improvements to the A595 within the vicinity of Bothel is a really important scheme, which will not only improve journey times and help boost the county’s economy but also create a safer and more resilient road network. The county council has been working on the design for the junction improvement and we are now launching a further round of public consultation. I’d strongly encourage people to take the time to get involved, read the consultation document and give us your feedback - it’s important that local people have their say, so we can develop the best possible scheme.”

Following two public consultations in November 2018 and June 2019, the county council made a bid to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Major Road Fund for the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement scheme, which included: 

  • Climbing lanes to the south west of Bothel in both directions 
  • Reconfigured A595/A591 Junction 
  • Reconfigured Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction 
  • Realignment at Overgates 
  • Offline realignment between Kirkland Green Junction and Cock Bridge/Torpenhow Junction 

A decision on this application is still awaited and therefore funding to construct the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement is not yet secured.

The application to Department for Transport (DfT) requested funding to undertake further scheme development to get the A595 Bothel Improvement ready for the submission of a planning application and statutory processes. Until funding from the DfT for the A595 Bothel Improvement is agreed this work could not to start. 

However, in response to Covid-19, the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government launched the ‘Getting Building Fund’. This fund is being administered by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP). The CLEP have agreed to provide £5m of the Getting Building Fund to be used to undertake further design work and environmental assessment to allow the submission of planning application and the statutory process ready to ensure that the scheme is ‘shovel ready’ should funding (from DfT’s Major Roads Fund) be agreed. 

Importantly the £5m will enable the early reconstruction of the Greyhound Inn / Torpenhow Junction which was seen as a priority for the local community following previous consultations.

For further information contact Cumbria County Council's communications team on 01228 221008 or 226601.


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