Cumbria awarded £60m in levelling up funds
Cumbria has been awarded more than £60m in government levelling up funds – with road, bridge and industrial projects set to benefit.
In Copeland, £20m will part-fund the creation of an “enterprise cluster”.
Cumbria County Council will receive £18m to upgrade 18.5 miles (30km) of roads and a number of bridges.
An extra £9.5m will fund highways and town centre schemes in Workington with £16m for a town centre revamp in Barrow, the government said.
The awards were part of £2.1bn for projects nationally announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The county council said its award would enable a “comprehensive programme of improvements” on the A5086 between Cockermouth and Egremont, the A595 south of Sellafield and the A590 through Barrow.
‘Improves everyday life’
Work will include resurfacing, drainage and bridge repairs.
Councillor Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and transport said: “The government’s Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life, and these schemes will do just that.
“This work will provide a more resilient highway network, improving access to employment opportunities and services which are essential to help connect people with the places they need to get to.”