Making public and private sector led partnerships work
Cumbria Local Enterprise is working with a range of industry and sectors partners across both the public and private sector to bring major investment projects to fruition and add genuine value to the county’s local economy. Here are just a few examples of how we work in tandem with key partners to progress projects and deliver results:
Cumbrian Coastal Railway
Cumbria LEP is spearheading a consortium of parties and developers working with Network Rail to upgrade to the Cumbrian coastal railway. The Rail Programme Board includes NuGen, Sellafield, the Low Level Waste Repository, National Grid North West Coast Connections, West Cumbria Mining, Network Rail and Northern Rail. Plans are aimed specifically at modernisation and improving line capacity and reliability. Signalling changes, station upgrades and better access will help increase capacity, usage and resilience to protect lines from flooding and coastal erosion, as well as meeting demand from future industrial developments.
Following the West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study published after consultation by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England, two new road infrastructure improvement schemes are set to cut congestion on the A595 and A66 between Cockermouth and Workington, reducing journey times for motorists and allowing the roads to cope with future demand from new housing and the Port of Workington. Highways England is spending £1.6m on improving the A595/A66 roundabout at Great Clifton, with a further £1m invested in the Fitz roundabout.
University of Cumbria
Students at the University of Cumbria are now benefiting from extended laboratory facilities to support science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines. The new STEM labs at the Fusehill Campus in Carlisle will ensure that greater numbers of students can study for degree-level qualifications in science subjects in Cumbria. With £784,000 from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the university has invested £3.5 million in science teaching and research laboratories. These bespoke facilities have been created in direct response to the increased need for biosciences graduates in Cumbria and an increase in demand from Sellafield for analytical scientists.
Newton Rigg College
We are providing support for specialist training for Cumbria’s rural development by working with Newton Rigg College. The LEP has invested over £200,000 in a new Sheep Husbandry Centre for the college at Low Beckside Farm, Mungrisdale. It is a national showcase for the best hill farming practice, ensuring young people have the key skills they need as the industry’s future workforce. Alongside specialist courses for students, it hosts farm events and demonstration activities within uplands agriculture and sheep management to show best practice and encourage professional development. It adds to previous investment in a specialist power line engineer training academy in partnership with SPIE.
Workington Railway Station
Working with Cumbria County Council and partners to provide better transport links and facilities, Cumbria LEP has funded the creation of a new transport hub at Workington Railway Station to encourage more sustainable travel and a reduction in traffic congestion. The county council delivered the £3m scheme which has involved building a new car park, drop-off area and improvements to the public area in front of the station. The scheme has also included improvements to pedestrian and cycle access to the station.
Additional improvements to the A590 in South Cumbria are progressing in the shape of a new roundabout on the A590 at Cross-a-Moor, near Ulverston. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has provided an additional £1.7m investment for this key arterial road connecting Barrow to the M6 corridor. The proposed £6m junction is seen essential if land allocated for new homes nearby is to be developed. It is a key development to improve the A590 as part of the overall transport infrastructure strategy for the area. The road is of major importance for employers, ensuring better strategic connectivity to attract new investment and support business growth.
The Glebe at Bowness on Windermere has benefited from a package of road and public realm improvements. Cumbria LEP invested £2m in this project to increase the range of sustainable transport options available in the Lake District, including highway improvement schemes in key tourist hotspots. Cumbria County Council led the project, with work including road and footway improvements on Glebe Road, on-street parking bays rearranged to reduce the ‘barrier effect’ of parked cars and more crossing opportunities for pedestrians, and public realm improvements to the foreshore area. SLDC funded improvements to the promenade and the shingle beach area, including new surfacing for footways, new street furniture and planting along the highway.