Infrastructure Planning - Scheme Development

Cumbria County Council seeks to identify and secure funding to deliver infrastructure interventions required to support the growth of the Cumbrian Economy. 

To support this process the County Council leads the early stages of scheme development. In undertaking this work we seek to work closely with Cumbria LEP, District Councils, the National Parks alongside the private sector.

Schemes and studies under development include:

As part of developing an improved road network in and around Carlisle, Cumbria County Council, working with partners, has developed the Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR) scheme.

The Strategic Outline Business Case for the Kendal Northern Access Route (KNAR) has been approved by the Department for Transport, and the funding application for the next stage of business case development - the Outline Business Case, has been successful. 

Cumbria County Council welcomes DfT funding to develop business case for Kendal Northern Access Route

Next steps

An Outline Business Case will be developed for the scheme.

As part of this next stage of scheme development, potential route options will be considered, environmental assessments, public consultation on route options, identification of a preferred route, and preparation of a scheme design will be undertaken. This will inform the preparation of an Outline Business Case that will be submitted to the Department for Transport for consideration for funding to deliver the KNAR.


Previous Study Work

Kendal Strategic Transport Infrastructure Study

A feasibility study was undertaken to identify potential strategic transport improvements for Kendal (completed 2017).

Kendal Strategic Transport Infrastructure Study - Summary Note (PDF 6579KB)

Kendal Northern Access Route Strategic Outline Business Case Summary (PDF 2.84MB)

Kendal Strategic Transport Infrastructure Study - Strategic Outline Business Case (PDF 8MB)


Kendal Highways and Transport Improvements Study

Further technical work has been undertaken on a Kendal Northern Access Route, as well as a number of town centre improvements, through the Kendal Highways and Transport Improvements Study (completed 2019).

Kendal Highways and Transport Improvements Study report (PDF 16.3 MB)

The Government have announced that this section of the A595 will be one of the first five 'Major Road Network' schemes to start development.  Work is underway to look at transport scheme options.

Cumbria County Council is undertaking a study to look at improvements which are needed on the A595 to make it a more reliable road with improved journey times.  The study is looking at the existing issues within the vicinity of Bothel and has developed a plan for potential improvements.

As part of this study Cumbria County Council is holding an initial public consultation which will run from Friday 9 November until Friday 7 December 2018.