Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Whitehaven Relief Road consultation website now live

On Friday Transport secretary Chris Grayling came to Copeland to kick off the consultation on the proposed Whitehaven Relief Road.

He announced his "Cast Iron Commitment" to improving Cumbria's Roads as you can read on the government website at

Chris Grayling said:
  • "Investing in Cumbria’s vital transport routes cuts congestion, ensures drivers enjoy faster, safer journeys, and increases the freight capacity needed to drive forward jobs and economic growth." 
  • "This shows our cast-iron commitment to Cumbria, as we deliver the investment needed to provide businesses and commuters with more reliable and resilient journeys." 

The Secretary of State also confirmed ongoing discussions with local partners on proposals to progress development of a major programme of upgrades on the Cumbrian Coast rail line to support expected major investments in West Cumbria and the creation of new jobs.

The consultation formally begins today and lasts until 19th December 2018. Consultation survey forms have been going out this week and there are three drop-in surgeries.

We were told on Friday that the consultation website would go live today and it has indeed done so: you can read the proposals and respond at

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