Safer Roads

The Department for Transport (DfT) has made a Road Safety Fund available to specific local authorities in order to carry out safety upgrades on sections of 50 roads nationwide, which they have classed as being dangerous. The classification was made by the Road Safety Foundation based upon the analysis of collisions that occurred between 2012 and 2014.

Cumbria County Council worked with DfT  to identify potential road safety upgrades which would reduce the risk of collisions if implemented. Previously, road safety measures tended to be 'reactive' - in other words making safety improvements after a collision. This method is more proactive, looking at the infrastructure of a road to make safety improvements before a collision happens. 

In summer 2018, the county council was notified that it had been allocated money from the  Road Safety Fund, and would receive over £9million for two key routes in the county - specifically the A684 from the M6 junction eastwards to the county boundary with North Yorkshire; and the A592 from Windermere to the A66 near Rheged.