A Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) study looking at road improvement schemes for the county has won an award.
The West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study was published by Cumbria LEP and sets out improvements required for the county's road infrastructure to accommodate economic growth over the next 15 years.
The study won the 2016 Project of the Year accolade at the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) North East & Cumbria Awards.
The award recognises research, concepts, innovation, design and excellence that have tangible benefits, for people that live, work and visit the region.
The study, which beat competition from Northumberland County Council and Balfour Beatty, identified schemes for major roads that would support economic growth while simultaneously improving road use for tourists and reduce delays and accidents.
Graham Haywood, director of Cumbria LEP, said: “It’s great news to hear that a piece of work we have commissioned has come in for industry praise and has been recognised with an award for its positive contribution towards transport and infrastructure planning.
“The West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study is a key piece of research for us to plan the county’s future road improvements and it gives us the evidence base to bid for government funding to help make them happen.”
Chair of CIHT North East and Cumbria, Anthony Robinson, said: “Every submission was of an exceptionally high standard, making judging a rewarding, if not challenging, task.
“Many congratulations to all those involved in the West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study.”
Read the report in full here.