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£2million road investment proposals for Lakes set to open for consultation

Published on: Tuesday 24th March 2015
Categorised under: Live , Investment, Lake District, Transport

The changes could mean road and footway improvements and more crossing opportunities for pedestrians for Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, and the A591 at Brockhole, Low Wood Bay and Town End, Grasmere.

People are being invited to have their say and discuss the plans with Cumbria County Council. Drop-in sessions will take place on:

  • Monday 13 April, 3pm - 6pm at Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate, Grasmere;
  • Thursday 16 April, 11am - 2pm at Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre;
  • Thursday 16 April, 3pm - 5pm at Windermere Library, Broad Street, Windermere.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We want people to tell us what they think of the improvements, so they can be taken into account when we finalise plans for these key locations. Nothing is set in stone yet and we’d like to hear from as many people as possible.”

The plans will also be on public display at Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, from April 1 - 21, and will be available on the council’s website atwww.cumbria.gov.uk/optimisingconnectivity. Any comments should be emailed to: sarah.williams@cumbria.gov.uk by April 22 2015.

South Lakeland District Council owns and manages the foreshore and the Glebe and has committed to fund £200,000 for public realm improvements beside the Pump House Café. The improvements will form part of the Optimising Connectivity project and will be included in the public consultation.

Cumbria County Council, the Lake District National Park Authority and South Lakeland District Council are working together on the Optimising Connectivity Project to develop highway improvements at key visitor locations in the South and Central Lake District. The improvements now being proposed follow on from consultation events held in December 2014 and January 2015 which asked people about the transport issues they face at these locations.

Improvements proposed at the four locations include:

Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
• Surfacing in different materials to highlight changes in activity.
• On-street parking bays rearranged to reduce the barrier effect of parked cars and make it easier for pedestrians to cross from the Glebe to the shore.
• Wider footways, where possible
• Improved bus stops.
• Loading/delivery bays for local businesses
• Public realm improvements to the foreshore area between the Pump House café and Marina.

A591 Brockhole
• Carriageway narrowed, surfacing in different materials to highlight changes in activity.
• New footway (southbound) to link existing bus stop with new pedestrian courtesy crossing points.
• Right turn refuges for Cragwood, Merewood and the new entrance to Brockhole.
• Informal courtesy crossing points for pedestrians.

A591 Low Wood
• Carriageway narrowed, surfacing in different materials to highlight changes in activity.
• Wider footway created (northbound) with potential in the future to become shared-use for pedestrians and cyclists.
• Informal courtesy crossing points provided for pedestrians.
• Potential for a ‘gateway’ feature on approaches.

A591 Town End, Grasmere
• Carriageway narrowed, surfacing in different materials to highlight changes in activity.
• Wider footway (southbound).
• New bus layby (northbound).
• Potential for a ‘gateway’ feature on approaches.
• Informal courtesy crossing points provided for pedestrians.

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