Cumbria

Penrith road scheme given green light by Government

A £2.3m road scheme in Penrith has been given the green light by the Government.

The Penrith scheme comprises a package of junction changes to speed traffic flows from Junction 40 of the M6.

Cumbria County Council said the money would be used to upgrade access points into the Eden Business Park and Gilwilly Industrial Estate.

The scheme has been approved as part of a £49m national package to tackle congestion.

The Department for Transport will provide £1.6m for the Penrith scheme, with Cumbria County Council providing a further £307,000, Eden District Council funding £150,000 and the Cumbria LEP providing £235,000 through the Cumbria Infrastructure Fund.

It is expected construction will begin in October 2014 and be completed four months later.

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