[F]ollowing extensive public consultation, work will begin to improve the junctions at Montgomery Way and Eastern Way in Carlisle on Monday 9 July.
The improvement scheme will provide additional capacity at two key junctions on Warwick Road, which is a vital part of the road network in and out of the city.
Additional capacity will be required due to expanding business and housing developments in Carlisle to the south of the A69 on Warwick Road; as identified in the recently adopted Carlisle City Council Local Plan (2015-2030) and associated Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
The scheme is being funded from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) and will help to mitigate the associated future traffic growth expected across the area.
Cumbria County Council held an extended public consultation period during 2017 and 2018, including several public events, following which a number of changes were made to the initial proposed design.
BT will be starting some works on Montgomery Way from Monday 9 July. Following this, the county council’s appointed contractor, Eric Wright Civil Engineering will start on site on Monday 16 July. The work is expected to last for 24 weeks.
Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
“We’ve worked really closely with local residents around Warwick Road to design a scheme which takes on board their views and opinions.
“County council officers have continued to meet with the Warwick Road Residents Committee who have acted as a central point of contact for the community, to provide updates throughout the design phase.
“Throughout the works, there will be temporary traffic lights in operation either at one of the junctions or at times both. Delays to journey times are likely and therefore we’d ask the public to consider using junctions 42 and 44 where possible as alternative routes into Carlisle.
“I’m confident that the improvements will make a positive impact on traffic flow in and out of the city which is good news for all.”