West Cumbrian MP, Jamie Reed has spoken of his shock and disappointment that upgrading the A595 has been left out of the Government’s Northern Transport Strategy.
The Copeland MP has long campaigned for investment in the A595 in order for West, South and North Cumbria to achieve the economic potential for the region. Roads such as the A66 and A69 are included in the strategy, but Government have decided against conducting a feasibility study into the improvement of the A595. The Government has
included the vague plan to ‘consider the role of the A595’.
Jamie Reed has criticised the Government for their lack of action in improving the road given West Cumbria’s strategic importance to the whole country and the potential for economic growth in the area. The local MP has asked ministers to explain the road’s omission from the strategy and asked them to reconsider.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“The case for investment to improve the A595 is overwhelming and the Government’s unwillingness to act is misjudged. West Cumbria has the potential to be one of the fastest growing sub-regional economies in the entire country, but the Government’s inaction means we are building a 21st century economy on unfit infrastructure.
“It is simply incredible that a report into the strategic road network in the north doesn’t include any improvement works of the A595 – a road that plays a major role in the nationally significant work we do in West Cumbria such as the decommissioning work at Sellafield. I am genuinely shocked and disappointed by the Government’s oversight.
“In order for us to reach our potential, in West Cumbria we need a road network that is fit for purpose. It isn’t just an economic issue; it is a health issue. The unreliability of the A595 is another of many reasons why services must be retained at West Cumberland Hospital.
“The Government must think again. I’ll continue to make the case for Government and I intend to raise this matter in Parliament as soon as possible.”