A595 Moresby improvements
We are investing £16 million on the A595 at Moresby so we can continue to deliver vital upgrades and keep drivers on the move throughout the region.
Over several years we have been monitoring localised areas of movement within the embankment supporting the A595.
We have now developed a scheme and secured the funding to be able to deliver a repair to the embankment and drainage which will allow us to improve and maintain the A595.
Work will be carried out in two phases.
The first phase of the work starting in late 2022 will mostly be off the road which will minimise the impact for road users. During this phase we will be building the embankment, installing new drainage and improving biodiversity in the area.
The second phase of the reconstruction will require a full road closure. Beneath the road and embankment there is a large gas pipeline which needs to be moved. We will be focussing on additional drainage improvements and completing the embankment work.
This phase of work cannot be carried out while the road is open for the safety of our workers and people who would be using the road.
Weekend closures are expected to be in place over 10 consecutive weekends, from 10pm Friday until 3am Monday, starting May 2023.
A595 Howgate roundabout was constructed as part of the A595 Parton to Lillyhall improvement that was completed in 2009. As part of our work on the A595 at Moresby, we'll be making a series of upgrades to Howgate roundabout to improve safety and reduce congestion.
During the second phase of the work we will be:
- installing new road signs
- improving lane markings
- constructing a 200 metre merge lane on the southbound exit
The scheme is split in to two phases
- Re-building Moresby Hall embankment using 25000m3 of material being delivered by ship into the Port of Workington
- Constructing two drainage tunnels
- Creating a drainage channel next to the A595 to capture surface water run off from the hillside above Parton
- Installing two new large, open channels to control and regulate the flow of rain water
- Creating a large pond to act as a filter to improve water quality before it enters the Lowca beck
- Improving biodiversity by planting trees
- New drainage system which will reduce the risk of flooding on the road
- Diverting a major gas pipeline and BT fibre-optic cables
- Installing a further 1300m of new drainage
- Installing new kerb drainage
- Improving the drainage into Rose Hill Junction
- Constructing a new 200m merge lane on the southbound exit of Howgate roundabout
- Full carriageway re-construction from Howgate roundabout to Pelican Garage
- Completing the construction of the embankment
The work is being carried out to improve the condition of the A595 so road users can have a safer and smoother journey. The scheme aims to:
- repair the embankment where there has been some slippage of the bank. Re-building Moresby Hall embankment by importing (25000m3 of material) by ship into the Port of Workington
- improve biodiversity through the addition of new trees and introduction of species to the area
- replace of existing drainage system
- resurface the carriageway
- reinstate road markings
- reinstate road studs
A5086 Egremont to Cockermouth Road
The main diversion route during A595 weekend closures will be the A5086 Egremont to Cockermouth Road.
On-road parking on the A5086 will be prohibited from 8am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, during the weekend closures. This is to ensure the diversion route remains clear for traffic in both directions.
There will be an exception for blue badge holders and 5-minute loading times will be permitted for all residents.
Local diversion routes
There will be a number of signed alternative routes for local traffic where a weight restriction of less than 7.5 tonnes will be in place. Please use the main diversion route (A5086) where possible.
There will be a number of areas in the region where vehicle access during the A595 weekend closures will be restricted to those living or working in the area only.
Permits have been issued to properties within these areas and these must be displayed on the dashboard or window of vehicles wishing to enter during the weekend closures.
Anyone living within a restricted area (click to see a map of the restricted areas) who has not received a letter with their permits should contact our team on 0300 123 5000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to public and recreational events within these areas will be permitted. Registered taxis and delivery vehicles will also be able to pick up and drop off within the restricted areas.
The scheme is close to several designated heritage sites including: Parton Roman Fort (Gabrosentum) World Heritage Site, the Grade I Listed Moresby Hall, and the Grade II Listed Church of St Bridget. We know that there have been Romans and Medieval sites in the area. We are working closely with Cumbria County Council and their historic environment service and have carried out archaeological surveys to identify any potential sites in our work area. We will continue to monitor for any archaeological finds as work progresses.