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John Stevenson to meet Government minister over new Carlisle relief road bid

Published on: Sunday 2nd September 2018

Carlisle's MP will set out the case for a new £113m Southern Link Road when he meets with a senior cabinet minister this week.

John Stevenson has arranged to meet James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to highlight the strategic importance of the bypass.

To secure funding, Cumbria must first bid against other local authorities for a share of a £4.1 billion pot of Government money.

Mr Stevenson said the funding decision will be made jointly by Mr Brokenshire's department and the Treasury, so he is hoping to help set out the wider significance of the link road to the area.

"It will be a competitive process. There are lots of other bids, and we have to accept that," he explained.

"I'm trying to lobby the minister, to show the importance of this route to Carlisle, Cumbria and the Borderlands.

"There are other parts of the country that also have important projects, so we need to make sure we set out Carlisle's case."

Mr Stevenson will attend a formal meeting with Mr Brokenshire on Wednesday, after Parliament returns from summer recess.

Proposed route for the Carlisle Southern Relief Link Road

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