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Carlisle 'bypass' cutting congestion through city

Three million fewer journeys have been made along Carlisle’s busiest road since the city’s congestion-cutting western bypass opened.

Carlisle CNDR photo
Aerial view of the new roundabout, looking up towards the Peter Lane roundabout

The massive impact of quashing queues at Eden Bridges and other pinch-points can be revealed today – a year on from the bypass opening.

In excess of 4.4 million trips have been made along the 5.1-mile link from junction 44 of the M6 at Kingstown to the A595 at Newby West, according to Cumbria County Council, which spearheaded its development.

The road – formally known as the Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR) and built as part of a £176m private finance deal – has also been credited with taking hundreds of thousands of lorries out of the city centre.

Cross-city commuters have reported dramatic drops in travel times – some shaving up to half an hour off their journeys.

And there are growing hopes that the financial spin-offs are poised to become stronger with executives at Kingmoor Park – through which part of the bypass runs – confident new developments can be unlocked on the success of the road.

Tony Markley, the county councillor responsible for highways, said: “It’s been money well spent – a first-class success.

“It’s taken traffic out of Carlisle with an easier route from the M6 to west Cumbria.”

The road has improved connections between the west, north east and Scotland by giving an alternative to driving through the middle of Carlisle.”

At its busiest point, the bypass is carrying an average of 12,100 vehicles every day.

On the most heavily-travelled stretch of road in the city centre, Eden Bridges, on the approach to Hardwicke Circus, there were 15.8 million trips – including 850,000 by HGVs – before the bypass opened. That number has now dropped to 12.8 million, with 538,000 HGVs.

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In reply to Martin 5th april. If you read the high way code round abouts are supposed to have at least two lanes regardless of how many lanes the joining road have. This is because if you look at the round about as a clock any exit befor "12 o`clock" you use the left hand lane, any after you use the right hand lane only indicating and pulling off after passing the last exit befor the one you need. hope this is clear. whats worrying is the amount of people who dont know this basic rule.

Posted by frank on 15 April 2013 at 22:07

ok im not a driver now,is it true theres a link road from the by-pass to sainsburys.i was talking to a guy with 2 king-charles dogs he told me there was a link road off byron street is that correct.

Posted by spitfire on 12 April 2013 at 08:52

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