A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement

Cumbria County Council has been considering how the A595 could be improved to improve journey time reliability and enhance safety. 

Since the West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study 2016 (PDF 8MB) concluded that the A595 between Thursby and Cockermouth required improvement, the County Council have been undertaking scheme development on what that improvement should be. 

Following further technical assessment and design work the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement was developed, a scheme to improve 5km of the A595 from Cock Bridge to Threapland Junction. Previous consultations were held in Winter 2018 and Summer 2019. Further detail on the development of the scheme can be found in the Project Information section below. 

An application for funding for the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement (Outline Business Case) was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) for Major Road Funding. Dialogue with the DfT about their consideration of the application is currently on-going and the County Council is awaiting a decision on whether the application for funding has been successful. 

The application requested funding to undertake further scheme development to get the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement ready for the submission of a planning application. However until funding from the DfT is agreed this work could not start. In response to Covid 19, the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government (MCHLG) launched the 'Getting Building Fund'. This fund is being administered by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP). In November 2020, the CLEP agreed to provide £5m of the 'Getting Building Fund' to support the further development of the scheme, in advance of a decision from DfT (Major Roads Fund). 

This funding will be used to develop the design to the next stage (preliminary design); undertake public consultation and support the submission of a planning application and statutory processes. Work is currently underway to collect ecological data along the route of the scheme and further survey work is planned to inform the design and environmental assessment. Importantly, the £5m will enable the early reconstruction of the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction, one of the key junctions in the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement which is a priority for the local community. Of the 88 responses received to the public consultation in June 2019, 85% of respondents were very satisfied/satisfied with the proposals to improve this junction.

As it is the intention to deliver the reconstruction of the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction first, it proposed to undertake public consultation prior to consultation on the whole scheme-  A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement (which is planned for Spring 2021).

Public Consultation On A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction Wednesday 13 to Wednesday 27th January 2021

This consultation is to gather views on the design on the proposed improvement A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction.

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

A595 Bothel - Junction Plan

The feedback received from this public consultation will be used to help shape the details for the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction 

A595 Bothel Consultation Leaflet (PDF 2.2MB)

To have your say, please complete the short survey

Online consultation event meeting

Due to the restrictions imposed by Covid 19 it is not possible to hold face-to face public events. Members of the public can speak to the Project Team about the proposed reconstruction of the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction by joining a free online video call. 

To join and take part in the consultation event meeting select the date below and follow the instructions on screen.

You can only access the meeting at the time given.

Wednesday 20 January 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Project Objectives

The A595 is a primary route in North Cumbria providing a vital, direct link from Carlisle, the North East and Scotland to and from West Cumbria and onwards to the A66/M6. A reliable and resilient road network is essential to facilitate the delivery of investment in Cumbria to support economic growth and create jobs. 

The improvement is also identified as being of pan-northern significance in TfN's programme when promoted to the Department for Transport (DfT).

The project objectives are as follows:

  • Support economic growth
  • Improve connectivity 
  • Improve journey time 
  • Improve safety for all road users 
  • Minimise traffic impacts on communities

Project Development

Cumbria County Council has been considering how the A595 could be enhanced to improve journey time reliability and enhance safety. 

The West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study 2016 (PDF 8MB) undertaken by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, in partnership with Highways England and Cumbria County Council considered the constraints on the A595 and concluded that the A595 between Thursby and Cockermouth required improvement.

The West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study 2016 (PDF 8MB) was undertaken in line with DfT's Transport Analysis Guidance (TAG) and followed a methodology that ensured proportionate analysis to provide a sound basis for identifying problems and identifying solutions on the A595. This study identified that the section of the A595 which needed further consideration to develop an improvement scheme was within the vicinity of Bothel. 

Strategic Outline Business Case (2017)

A Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) was produced for the A595 and A66 corridors and bringing together and prioritising all the potential improvements on the corridors. This demonstrated that the package of schemes could provide high value for money and the section of improvement on the A595 identified in the West of M6 Study was highlighted as a priority in the SOBC for delivery between 2020 and 2025. 

Further Scheme Development (2018-2019)

Further scheme development was undertaken in 2018 and 2019 to support the selection of potential options for an improvement scheme. As part of this, the study area was expanded to look at the area between Mealsgate and the Redmain junction and a long list of options were identified and assessed.  To ensure the best scheme was taken forward, a route option review and sifting process was undertaken. The options were considered at workshops and then evaluated using the Department for Transport's Early Assessment and Sifting Tool (EAST). The potential value for money (VfM) of each option was estimated. This VfM of an option is a vital indicator of whether a scheme is worth progressing.

The A595 Improvement Non-Technical summary report provides a summary of the scheme development and options appraisal to date A595 improvement - non technical summary of the options appraisal (PDF 2MB). It presents an outline of the scheme objectives and description of the initial long list of options which were considered. The assessment criteria, scoring and reasoning is presented which brings a long list of 16 scheme options to a short list of those which has been developed further.

Proposals for the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement were presented for public consultation in November/December 2018. The feedback from this public consultation informed development of the designs before a further two week public consultation was held in June 2019, providing opportunity for the feedback on the designs shown in the plan below:

A595 Bothel - new plan (june 19)

This work resulted in the preparation of an Outline Business Case (OBC) and an application was made in August 2019 to the Department for Transport (DfT) Major Road Fund. Dialogue with DfT about their consideration of the OBC is currently on-going and the County Council is awaiting a decision on whether the application for funding has been successful. 

Alongside this work, and as part of improving the strategic road network in Cumbria, the County Council, Cumbria LEP and Cumbrian MPs agreed the improvement of the A595 in the vicinity of Bothel as one of Cumbria's Strategic Road priorities and this is also identified in Cumbria's Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).

Upcoming Work

The £5m of funding from the MCHLG's 'Getting Building Fund' will allow the delivery of an improvement at the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction alongside acceleration of further scheme development including the submission of a planning application. Timescales are provided below:

Winter 2020 to Summer 2021Further scheme development including:
Site surveys
Preliminary design work
January 2021 Public Consultation on the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction
Preparation of an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and planning application documents
Spring 2021Public consultation on the whole scheme before submission of planning application
Spring 2021Anticipated DfT/MRN funding announcement
Summer 2021Submission of planning application and side road order advertisement
Winter 2021Anticipated date for planning permission
Winter 2021Reconstruction of the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction

The next stages are subject to planning and DfT MRN Funding:

Winter 2021: Publish Compulsory Purchase Order

Summer 2021: Public Inquiry period (if needed)

Autumn 2022: Confirmation of Orders

Summer 2023: Construction start

Summer 2024: Construction complete

Monthly Project Updates

January 2021

  • Public Consultation on the reconstruction of the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction 
  • Ecological survey work

November/December 2020

  • Project relaunched
  • Contact with landowners to agree access for survey work
  • Ecological survey work
  • Commenced development of the preliminary design
  • Ongoing dialogue with the Department for Transport on the Outline Business Case

2018 and 2019

  • Further Scheme development 
  • Initial Public Consultation (November/December 2018)
  • Consultation (June 2019)
  • Preparation of an Outline business Case (May to July 2019)
  • Outline Business Case submitted to DfT (August 2019)

Initial public consultation (November/December 2018) - you said, we did

An initial public consultation was held between 9 November and 7 December 2018.  

Newsletter October 2018 (PDF 396kb)

First consultation document November/December 2018 (PDF 3MB)

Approximately 180 people attended the 2 consultation events held at Bothel Village Hall. 151 feedback forms were completed and additional responses were received from parish councils and other organisations.  

There was general support for the westbound and eastbound climbing lanes to the south west of Bothel and the reconfigured A591/A595 junction.

The feedback also identified the following matters. How we responded to these matters is outlined below:   

People did not support the 1 metre strips which were proposed either side of the A595 as it passes Bothel.

  • the 1 metre strip either side of the carriageway has been removed.

People had concerns about the closure of side roads.

  • it is not proposed to close any side roads within Bothel.

People said that a bypass option should be reconsidered. 

People suggested that the speed limit on the A595 as it passes Bothel should be reduced.

  • A 50mph speed limit on the A595 at Bothel, as well as the extension of the existing 30mph restrictions at both Broughton Moor and Seaton, has been approved within CCC Allerdale Local Committee on 9th November 2020. Allerdale committee report 50mph speed limit (PDF 1MB)

People suggested that improvements are required at other junctions such as the Greyhound Inn junction.

  • the scheme now includes an improvement to the Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction to provide improved visibility and right land lanes in each direction. The proposal also significantly improves visibility from other side roads. 

Follow up public consultation (June/July 2019)

The follow up consultation involved activity with a range of key stakeholders, media and the general public, and included a half day drop-in event at Bothel Village Hall, attended by 82 people. Further feedback on scheme progress was also received, (88 responses), and respondents satisfaction levels on specific elements are shown below. Some of the response to the forms did not provide comments on a specific scheme element, meaning that not every element had a 100% response rate. 

Scheme optionVery satisfiedSatisfiedNo opinionDissatisfiedVery dissatisfied
Climbing lanes, south west of Bothel village18%35%10%16%21%
Upgraded A595/A591 junction21%50%5%15%9%
Upgraded A595/Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction34%51%8%6%1%
A595 realignment at Overgates17%44%24%10%3%
Offline realignment between Kirkland Green and Cock Bridge26%34%15%11%13%

The follow up consultation response showed positive responses to all elements of the scheme, particularly to the upgrade of the junctions.

If you have any queries or comments regarding the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement, please contact the project team at A595Bothel@cumbria.gov.uk