£21 million of crucial A595 improvements almost complete as new Roads Minister visits scheme
01 Dec 2023
Drivers in Cumbria and the North West are a step closer to enjoying smoother, faster and safer journeys as essential upgrades to the A595 near Moresby enter the final phase thanks to over £21 million in Government funding.
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National Highways welcomed the new Roads Minister Guy Opperman to Cumbria today (Friday 1 December) for a guided tour of the near-completed scheme that will improve safety, journeys and biodiversity.
The environmentally conscious A595 Moresby project, which will be finished in early New Year, will renew and upgrade drainage to reduce the risk of standing water and flooding on the road after intense rainfall.
Left to right: Steve Mason (Programme Delivery Manager), Duncan Smith, Guy Opperman MP, Trudy Harrison MP, Amy Williams (Regional Director), Saffron Ramsey (A E Yates)
Thanks to these crucial improvements, road users will enjoy smoother, faster and more reliable journeys.
Roads Minister Guy Opperman MP met Duncan Smith, National Highways’ Executive Director of Operations, on site to see first-hand the progress that’s been made since work began a year ago and hear about the final stage, involving tree planting and landscaping which will boost local biodiversity.
Millions of people rely on the A595 to travel for business, leisure and visiting friends and family, and National Highways has worked hard to minimise the impact of the improvement works on local journeys over the past year.
Roads Minister Guy Opperman MP said:
“Through our £21 million funding, we are helping to boost road safety and improve journeys on the A595.
“Millions across the region rely on this vital link and by working to tackle flooding, we are helping to grow the local economy across Cumbria.”
Duncan Smith, National Highways’ Executive Director of Operations, said:
“The A595 has been prone to flooding in the past so this is an absolutely vital upgrade that will improve safety and reliability.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Guy Opperman MP to site so he could see the essential improvements carried out by our dedicated team on the ground and the benefits this scheme will bring to road users in Cumbria.”
The new drainage system method installed by National Highways features a large attenuation pond that filters rainwater and improves water quality before it enters the Lowca Beck.
The layout of Howgate roundabout has also been enhanced to increase capacity on the exits, with the installation of a new 200 metre merge lane on the southbound exit, while the road has been resurfaced from the roundabout to Pelican Garage.
Additionally, a major embankment carrying the road to Sellafield has been fully reconstructed to improve safety on this vital route.
National Highways will plant new trees and vegetation in early 2024, boosting local biodiversity and drawing the curtain on the scheme.
National Highways have also donated £100,000 in funding to Cumberland Council in support of vital improvements to the road network within Moresby and the surrounding area.
For more information about the project you can visit the A595 Moresby scheme webpage.