Carlisle Southern Link Road

Client Cumbria County Council

We are a longstanding supplier to Cumbria County Council and have a track record of adding value in delivering major infrastructure consultancy services. We have been appointed by the council as lead consultant for the remaining stages of the £112m Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR) project.    

We have been supporting the council on the CSLR project since 2015 and have provided the full range of consultancy services necessary to develop strategic outline business case, outline business case, and to prepare a planning application. We have also been integral in public consultation activities and played a key role in securing the housing infrastructure funding necessary to deliver the project. We will now be leading on both statutory processes and detailed design, and then provide support during construction and handover. 

This contract is evidence of the confidence and trust that the council has in our ability to deliver major transportation and highway schemes. It also demonstrates our commitment to build on our existing relationship with the council and support their social value objectives. 

Once complete in 2023, CSLR will provide strategic connectivity between Junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 to the west. It will also relieve congestion in the historic city of Carlisle and deliver the access and network capacity to enable the successful and accelerated delivery of St. Cuthbert's Garden Village. The Garden Village provides a long-term growth site for the city council to deliver up to 10,000 new homes over the next 20 to 30 years.  

 Key features of the CSLR project include: 

  • 8.1km of new link road 
  • Four roundabouts 
  • New junctions linking radial routes into Carlisle and St. Cuthbert’s Garden Village 
  • 180m long, three-span bridge over Cumbrian Coast Railway and the River Caldew 
  • Two single-span bridges crossing the River Petteril and West Coast Main Line 
  • 12km of shared use path (cyclists, pedestrians) inclshared use cycle bridges 
  • One underpass for a diverted Public Rights of Way 

For more information on this project, our multidisciplinary highways capabilities, or how we continue to deliver for longstanding clients like Cumbria County Council, please contact Peter McDermott, Sector Lead for Highways.