Tuesday, December 04, 2018

NHS submission on the proposed A595 relief road

The senior leadership of the NHS in North Cumbria has sent in a very positive response to the A595 consultation, supporting the proposed Whitehaven Relief road

Such a road would be a huge benefit to ambulances and patients needing to get to West Cumberland Hospital in a hurry, especially if the proposal included a spur to WCH. This could greatly assist patient outcomes as I have previously noted. It would also make it easier for staff and resources to get to the West Cumberland and thereby improve the viability of the hospital. 

As I have also noted, the proposed new relief road is not dependent on Moorside. When the transport secretary came to Whitehaven to kick off the consultation on the proposed Whitehaven Relief Road he reiterated his "Cast Iron Commitment" to improving Cumbria's Roads as you can read on the government website at

Chris Grayling added:
  • "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 for transport 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 lasts until 19th December 2018. Consultation survey forms were sent out to residents in the Whitehaven area and for some distance around and hundreds have already been returned but the more views we get submitted the better.

You can also read details of the sort of new road which might come forward and the questions being asked in the consultation, and respond online at

I believe that we need this road. If you have not already done so, please consider responding to the consultation and said so, and perhaps including in their response that it would be a good idea if the relief road included a spur to West Cumberland Hospital.

If you want to respond to the consultation you can do so using any of the four following methods by 19 December 2018:

  • Online – complete the response form online using the above link
  • Complete the consultation response form in the consultation brochure and return it using the freepost address provided 
  • Email your response to: A595Whitehaven@highwaysengland.co.uk 
  • Post – write to Highways England at: 

Business Reply Plus Licence Number RTZS–CEET–CSXR WSP
Amber Court
William Armstrong Drive
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear NE4 7YQ

All responses should be returned by 19 December 2018. 

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