Tree planting ceremony marks start of Carlisle Southern Link Road

Topic Highways, Projects

Date 08 Jun 2023

Managing Director David Lowery led the Galliford Try delegation as they celebrated the start of work at the Carlisle Southern Link Road with Cumberland Council.

The £140m project was kicked off with a ceremonial planting of an ash tree, one of the 10,000 that are set to line the new route which will be 8km long and connect Junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 at Newby West.

The road will include four new roundabouts, three new road bridges, a combined cycle and footpath on the northern side of the road, with four new shared-use overbridges. The project will assist in the creation of new communities in the surrounding area of Carlisle, and is expected to create a significant economic stimulus for the region.

Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Sustainable, Resilient and Connected Places, Cllr Denise Rollo, said: “Today marks a momentous and exciting step for the Carlisle Southern Link Road scheme.  

“The project will vastly improve east to west connectivity as well as unlocking the delivery of the St Cuthbert’s Garden Village that will deliver 10,000 new homes over the next 30 years and bring employment opportunities and significant benefits to the city and the wider county.”

David Lowery, Managing Director for Galliford Try’s Highways business, commented: “We are incredibly proud to be delivering Carlisle Southern Link Road for a forward-thinking authority.

“As well as providing a scheme which creates significant improvement to connectivity and infrastructure within Cumbria, we will, together, create a positive legacy for the surrounding communities and ensure that economic growth and prosperity is supported through our activity.”