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14 July 2021

Have your say - Consultation on improving cycling and walking routes in Workington, Whitehaven and Penrith

People are being invited to give their views and thoughts on how cycling and walking provision can be improved in Workington, Whitehaven and Penrith.

Cumbria County Council is today (Wednesday 14 July) launching a consultation to help shape plans to improve the infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.

We want your feedback on the existing cycling and walking infrastructure, and your thoughts on where improvements to active travel routes could be made.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are being developed to enhance facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in a number of towns in Cumbria. Consultations are now taking place for Workington, Whitehaven and Penrith.

LCWIPs will allow the County Council, in partnership with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and Cumbria’s six district councils, to identify and deliver improved cycling and walking provision for local areas.

In Workington, proposals include:

  • Improvements to the underpass and footway/cyclepath on Central Way near the leisure centre as identified in the Workington Town Deal.
  • Upgrading of active travel routes between the train station and the town centre to improve accessibility and onward travel.
  • Subject to successful funding, cycling and walking improvements in Curwen Park and Hall Brow as part of the Allerdale Borough Council £9.1m Levelling Up Fund bid.

In Whitehaven, proposals include:

  • The Coast to Coast cycleway (C2C - National Cycle Network 72) already provides north to south connectivity in Whitehaven. Upgrading infrastructure along this cycleway to support increased usage.
  • Upgrading of pedestrian routes between the train stations and the town centre which do not have the necessary infrastructure (e.g. dropped kerbs and tactile paving) to be accessible for all people.
  • Improved cycle parking in the central shopping and commercial area of Whitehaven.   

In Penrith, proposals include:

  • Improvements to walking and cycling connectivity within Penrith, focusing on:
    The town centre,
    Key employment areas,
    The rail and bus stations.
  • An opportunity to plan for non-motorised users, public rights of way and improved access as part of the dualling of the A66 from Penrith to Scotch Corner.
  • Improvements to walking and cycling links into Penrith from surrounding communities.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“Cycling and walking have many benefits, not just for our mental and physical wellbeing but also for improving air quality, reducing congestion and making our towns more vibrant. During the pandemic we’ve seen an upturn in cycling and walking for exercise and safe travel. With the Covid-19 restrictions starting to ease and more people returning to work, we are looking at measures to support this shift towards more active travel.

“To help develop our proposals, we are inviting the public to give us their views on the proposed routes. Identification of improvements will follow, taking account of the feedback we receive, and we will consult further on those later this year. We invited people to comment on infrastructure for Barrow, Carlisle and Kendal last month and we’re now consulting on proposals for Workington, Whitehaven and Penrith.

“I’d strongly encourage people to take the time to get involved, read the consultation documents and give us your feedback - it’s important that local people have their say, so we can develop the best possible schemes. Your views are important to us - they will help shape where improvements are required for Workington, Whitehaven and Penrith.”

People are invited to give their comments by completing an online survey, which will run until Friday 6 August 2021.

Find out more about the schemes and proposals and complete the survey on the county council website here: www.cumbria.gov.uk/cyclingandwalking

People are being invited to give their views and thoughts on how cycling and walking provision can be improved in Workington, Whitehaven and Penrith.