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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Route opens door to business opportunities

A NEW bypass linking west Cumbria to Britain’s motorway network opened this month – unlocking a potential jobs and investment boom for the county.

CHANGING LANES: A convoy led by a rally car sets off on the newly opened Carlisle Northern Development Route PAULA PAISLEY REF: 50029902F007

The Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR) allows traffic from the west coast to skirt around Carlisle and join the M6 at Junction 44.

It will slash journey times from west Cumbria to the north east and Scotland and brings Carlisle closer to the lucrative developments on Britain’s Energy Coast.

Councillor Tony Markley, the council cabinet member responsible for the project, said: “It will transform Carlisle’s traffic flow and open up new and better access to west Cumbria allowing businesses to expand and prosper.”

Kingmoor Park industrial estate in particular will reap huge benefits from the new road.

It drives straight through the centre of the site, showcasing its potential to thousands of drivers a day and transforming it from a backwater business park into a leisure hub.

Plans are already in the pipeline for a development including a pub/restaurant, hotel, filling station and shops.

And Carlisle United is hoping to build a new all-seater stadium there to further its bid for Championship football.

Tony Goddard, chief executive of Kingmoor Park, said: “The final stretch opening is massive for us; a real catalyst for our future development.

“It will bring thousands of people through the park every day and give the public an idea of the opportunities we have here.

“The road is fundamental to the future development of Kingmoor Park and, while it’s been a long time coming, it couldn’t be happening at a better time when the whole area needs an economic boost and a shot of confidence.

“So many projects and jobs are riding on the opening of this road including our own hub development which will change the face of Kingmoor Park by introducing a leisure element including a petrol station, cafes, restaurants, hotel and family pub.

“There should also be some benefits for west Cumbria, which will now have a link to the M6 without drivers having to come through town and the city centre should benefit from less traffic.

“It is a win-win as far as we are concerned.”

The road runs from M6 junction 44 to the A595 at Newby West. It was due to open in April but contractor Birse Civil has completed the job ahead of schedule and the ribbon was cut on Valentine’s Day.

The first section, from junction 44 to Kingmoor Park, opened last August.

The road is part of a £176m Private Finance Initiative scheme delivered by Balfour Beatty through its subsidiary Connect Roads.

The CNDR skirts the west of Carlisle crossing Orton Road, Moorhouse Road and Burgh Road. It has nine roundabouts as well as bridges over the River Eden and West Coast Main Line railway and a cyclepath/footway throughout.


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