Morgan Sindall is set to commence enabling works in few days on the £65m Carlisle Southern Link Road project. The 8km road scheme, which is being developed as a two-stage design and build contract, moves forward with building of two site compounds at Newby West and close to M6 Junction 42.The planning consent for the road was awarded in October 2020 after a period of extensive public consultation.
Early in Spring, construction of essential site access will start, including access roads in the west side of the River Caldew and installation of borehole for long-term groundwater monitoring. Keith Little, the Cumbria County Councillor and also Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport stated, “This is an amazing step for the Carlisle Southern Link Road project which will much improve east to west connectivity as well as unlocking the delivery of St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, a Carlisle City Council project, which aims to create 10,000 new homes, infrastructure and offer jobs to Carlisle and the wider county.”
Construction Team on Carlisle Southern Link Road project
Morgan Sindall’s team comprises of designers being Capita who had undertaken the preliminary design and development of the project for Cumbria County prior to joining the Morgan Sindall squad. Local contractor Story Construction will also be part of the Morgan Sindall team.
The Carlisle Southern Link Road project will link Junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 and also connect with Carlisle Northern Development road from the A595 to Junction 44 of the M6. The scheme is vital to the successful provision of growth projects and initiatives such as the St.Cuthberts Garden Village, a council-led project that will deliver 10,000 new houses and employment opportunities within Carlisle. Works comprises five cycle bridges, four new roundabouts and four road bridges and a cycle path along the northern side along its full length. Two of the bridges will cross Cumbrian Coast Line and the Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line.