Friday, November 02, 2018

Chris Grayling launches Whitehaven relief road consultation

Having promised that there would be a public consultation before the end of 2018 on the provision of a new Whitehaven Relief Road, the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, was in Whitehaven today to personally launch the consultation and deliver on his promise.

The Secretary of State addressed a well-attended briefing session today for County and Borough councillors, also attended by Trudy Harrison MP and the Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, to inform councillors and local officials of the arrangements for the consultation.

There will be much more on this subject on this blog in the next few weeks, but the consultation formally runs for six weeks from Wednesday 7th November to 19th December.

Responses can be submitted online, by post or at one of three drop-in sessions which will be held on the 17th, 28th and 29th November. More details to follow.

Chris Grayling gave a strong commitment to supporting this project and others to improve transport links in West Cumbria with the Whitehaven Relief road as the flagship scheme but also including significant improvements to the Cumbrian Coastal railway line, sorting out the A595 bottleneck at Grizebeck, and with other improvements to follow.

Watch this space for much more about the consultation over the coming days.

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