Cumbria County Council has selected Morgan Sindall Infrastructure to deliver the detailed design of the Carlisle Southern Link Road project
Morgan Sindall Infrastructure will deliver the detailed design of the Carlisle Southern Link Road that will connect Junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 at Newby West.
The appointment follows a competitive procurement process that commenced last summer.
The road will play a vital role in supporting both the economic recovery of Cumbria following Covid-19, and the successful delivery of initiatives such as St. Cuthbert’s Garden Village (SCGV). SCGV is a scheme led by Carlisle City Council that will deliver 10,000 new homes and employment opportunities within Carlisle, bringing significant benefits to the city and the wider county.
The delivery of the new Carlisle Southern Link Road will also improve east-west connectivity to the south of the city, reduce congestion and improve road connections to West Cumbria.
The council received planning consent for the road in October 2020 following a period of extensive public consultation. The council is continuing to work with landowners and statutory stakeholders to minimise the impact of the scheme on their land.
The works are due to commence on site in Spring 2022, it is anticipated the construction of the road will take approximately two years to complete.
‘Delivering innovative and responsible infrastructure’
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m delighted that we have reached this important milestone.
“The benefits the road will bring in connecting East and West Cumbria and unlocking housing for the new garden village as well as stimulating employment, economic growth and investment at a time when our county really needs it cannot be underestimated.”
Morgan Sindall Infrastructure’s Managing Director, Simon Smith, added: “We are delighted to be awarded this scheme to support the strategic improvement of the local area’s infrastructure.
“We look forward to developing and strengthening our relationship with Cumbria County Council and our local partners, whilst also helping to ensure that all the benefits of the project are realised as part of our commitment to delivering innovative and responsible infrastructure.”