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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

First stretch of Carlisle western bypass opens next week

The first stretch of Carlisle’s long-awaited western bypass will open next week.

Carlisle bypass photo
The new road at junction 44

Traffic will be able to travel along the northern section of the road, from junction 44 of the M6 into Kingmoor Park – providing a landmark moment in the arrival of a massive development for the city.

It has been claimed the road, known officially as the Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR), will revolutionise the way people travel around this part of north Cumbria.

The route will skirt the western edge of the city and pass over the River Eden on a new bridge.

The £176 million project will allow traffic from the west of the county to reach the M6 and A69 without passing through the city centre.

Before the project got the official go-ahead the scheme had been beset by doubts and delays. But the opening of this section has been delivered on schedule and on budget by Cumbria County Council and contractor Connect Roads, the authority confirmed.

According to the current work programme, highways engineers say the new road will open to traffic mid-morning on Wednesday. The county council will confirm the opening time next week.

A council spokesman said: “Road users are asked to take extra care while people are getting used to the new road layout.

“Engineers will be monitoring the operation of the network, making any final changes to signal settings and traffic signs as required.”

The new road layout means traffic will no longer have to travel down Kingstown Road and turn right to get into Kingmoor Park. Signs and road lane markings will guide users around both the revised M6 junction and Parkhouse roundabouts.

The new road is being designated an extension to the existing A689 from Brampton to junction 44.

Lorry drivers wishing to use the Night Owl truck stop have a new access directly off the road. Access is also still available from Parkhouse Road but only if approaching from the A7 Kingstown Road.

Vehicles leaving the truck stop should turn left onto Parkhouse roundabout.

Have your say

All very well but would be better if it was open to the cargo road instead of using the south exit of Kingmoor...

but people really need to read signs and road markings as carlisle people really dont know how to use lanes in the road but would be easier if the round abouts were layed out in such a stupid format... :/

Posted by stuart on 12 August 2011 at 13:57

Great news it's been a long time coming but here we are.

Well done to all concerned

Posted by James on 10 August 2011 at 07:56

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