High Court clears way for Stobart airport upgrade

An objection to Stobart's redevelopment of Carlisle Airport has been thrown out by the High Court. Stobart plans a new headquarters office and 387,500 sq ft distribution storage centre at the airport as part of a £25m expansion. Irthington farmer...

Branson maps out 2020 vision for NW rail stations

Michael Hunt

Sir Richard Branson has included the modernisation of the train stations in Crewe, Preston and Carlisle as part of his 2020 vision for the West Coast Main Line. The founder of the Virgin group of companies said: "We are...

Financial close draws near for Carlisle link road

Michael Hunt

Four banks are reportedly ready to take on equal shares of £90m debt to bring financial close for the Carlisle Northern Development Route in Cumbria. Banks including Barclays, Helaba, National Australia Bank and SMBC are reported to be involved...

NWDA grants funding for Barrow link road

Michael Hunt

North West Development Agency has granted funding of £3m for new road infrastructure to support the development of key employment sites in Barrow-in-Furness. The phase 2 link road, located between the A590 North Road and A5087 Hindpool Road, is...

Travel study addresses access to jobs in Lakes

Transport consultant Steer Davies Gleave has recommended a new interchange at Keswick and sustainable travel pilots in Bowness and Windermere in a report for the Lake District National Park Partnership. The study, to be considered at a meeting of...

New £40m West Cumbria bypass completed

A dual carriageway aimed at cutting congestion in villages in West Cumbria was officially opened today by the Highways Agency. The investment will deliver a new three mile dual carriageway between Parton and Lillyhall, providing a significant improvement on...

Albion Square given green light for Cumbria town

Michael Hunt

Copeland Council has approved the compulsory purchase of land in Whitehaven town centre to enable the construction of a new £15m office complex. The council's executive committee approved the use of a compulsory purchase order to acquire semi derelict...

West Cumbrian bypass opening fully in February

Michael Hunt

The new stretch of A595 between Parton and Lillyhall, connecting West Cumbria and the towns of Whitehaven and Workington with the M6 motorway at Penrith via the A66, is now expected to be fully open next month. The work...