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 identified the improvement required and developed the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement to improve 5km of the A595 from Cock Bridge to Threapland Junction. 

Scheme plans (PDF 11MB)

An application for funding for the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement (Outline Business Case) has been submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) for Major Road Funding. The County Council is awaiting a decision on whether the application for funding has been successful. 

In advance of a decision from the DfT on funding from the Major Roads Fund, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) in November 2020, agreed to provide £5m of the 'Getting Building Fund' from the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government (MCHLG) 'Getting Building Fund' to support the further progression of the scheme. This included developing the design to the next stage (preliminary design), undertaking public consultation and submission of a planning application, as well as building the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction improvement.

A recent public consultation on the proposals was undertaken between 13 April and 24 May 2021. The feedback received is being used to develop the designs further prior to the submission of a planning application in Summer 2021. More details are within the public consultations tab below. 

Project Objectives

Strategic Objectives

Strategic Context - Make a significant contribution to the improvement of the transport network in the north west region improving the A595 link between Carlisle, Cockermouth and the west coast

Infrastructure - Improve access to regional economic centres and growth sites.

Flood Risk Management - Improve the resilience to the effects of climate change by attenuating flood water and the use of sustainable drainage.

Environmental Objectives

Rural and Natural Environment - Minimise impacts on the environment along the route corridor, seeking enhancements where practical

Active Travel - Maximise connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians, including links to existing provision and connectivity across the A595

Biodiversity - Minimise, where practical, the impacts on ecology and nature conservation and achieve a biodiversity net gain.

Economic Objectives

Economic Growth - Enable economic development and employment site improvement as a result of improved connectivity along the A595 west coast to Carlisle corridor.

Education and Training - Improve access to education and training opportunities by creating better connectivity between employment sites, residential areas and education/training facilities.

Transport Objectives

Journey Time - Reduce delays and improve journey time reliability for road users.

Connectivity - Improve links between major regional population, employment and service centres, including health and education.

Road Safety - Improve road safety on the existing network for all road users.

Scheme Development (2020 - 2021)

Preliminary Design and Planning Application (2020 - 2021)

Using the Getting Building Funding, the Preliminary Design commenced in December 2021. This includes:

  • Developing the concept design to a preliminary design
  • Undertaking ecological surveys, ground investigation and topographical surveys to Inform the environmental assessment 
  • Preliminary design
  • Public consultation 
  • Preparation of an Environmental Statement 
  • Planning application.

Next steps

Spring 2021Finalise the design taking into account comments following the public consultation period. 
Summer 2021Anticipated DfT/MRF funding announcement
Summer 2021Submission of planning application
Winter 2021Anticipated date for planning permission
Winter 2021A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction improvement construction commences
Summer 2021A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction improvement open to traffic

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

  • Winter 2021: Publish Compulsory Purchase Order
  • Summer 2021: Public Inquiry
  • Autumn 2022: Confirmation of Orders
  • Summer 2023: Construction start
  • Summer 2024: Construction complete

Monthly Project Updates

May 2021

  • Ongoing ecological survey work
  • Completion of the pre planning Public Consultation exercise
  • Analysis of pre planning public consultation feedback
  • Preparation of planning documents
  • Ongoing environmental assessment including the development of mitigation, carbon calculations and Biodiversity Net Gain calculations
  • Ongoing ground investigation survey work
  • Ongoing liaison with landowners

April 2021

  • Ongoing ecological survey work
  • Progressed Preliminary Design of the preferred route
  • Beginning of the pre  planning public consultation 
  • Public consultation virtual events 
  • Continued preparation of the Environmental Statement
  • Completion of Drainage Survey, landowner identification and preliminary engagement

March 2021

  • Ongoing ecological survey work
  • Topographical surveys
  • Meetings with landowners to inform the developing design
  • Initial Preliminary design freeze to inform the public consultation and environmental assessment 
  • Preparation for the pre planning public consultation commencing on 16 April 2021
  • Continued preparation of the Environmental Statement

February 2021

  • Ongoing ecological survey work
  • Continued development of the preliminary design
  • Commencement of the preparation of the Environmental Statement

January 2021

  • Ecological survey work ongoing
  • Continued development of the preliminary design
  • Initial preliminary design freeze for the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction improvement to inform the public consultation
  • Public Consultation on the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction improvement

November/December 2020

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

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). The 50mph speed limit on the A595 at Bothel is within the progress of being implemented, with works starting on site end of May 2021. 

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 turn 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.

Consultation on the A595 Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow Junction(January 2021)

The public and interested stakeholders were invited to share their views on the reconstruction of the A595 Greyhound Inn/ Torpenhow Junction in January 2021. This junction is one of the key junctions in the A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement which is a priority for the local community.

A595 Bothel - Junction Plan

The consultation sought opinions on the different elements of the junction improvements and the work in its entirety.  The focus of the consultation was to gather responses through a feedback form, although responses by other methods have also been received and considered.  

Overall, the results of the public consultation show a high degree of satisfaction with the proposals when taken as a whole.

In terms of the individual elements there was feedback and additional comments suggesting a preference to retain the section of the Torpenhow road as a footpath/cycleway and for the design to incorporate additional provision for a pedestrian/cycle crossing of the A595. 

The results of the consultation have informed the further development of the scheme and the design presented as part of the pre-planning application consultation in April 2021.

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

A595 Bothel Consultation Leaflet (PDF 2.2MB)

A595 Bothel Consultation Report (PDF 1.3MB)

Public Consultation (April-May 2021)

This public consultation was completed to gather feedback on the latest design prior to the submission of a planning application in Summer 2021.

The public and interested stakeholders were invited to share their views on the whole scheme design via a Consultation Document (PDF 3MB) or through an online consultation questionnaire .  There were also various opportunities to join the project team at virtual consultation events where attendees could to listen to a presentation on the improvement, feedback on the latest design and to ask the project team any questions. 

Virtual events were held on:

  • Wednesday 28 April 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 May 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 8 May 1pm to 2.30pm  

Local knowledge is key, and the project team are using the feedback received to develop the scheme design further and ensure the scheme is the best it can be. The outcome of the public consultation will be provided on this project page within the near future. 

Consultation Materials:

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