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Friday, 18 April 2014

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In pictures: Carlisle Northern Development Route

Carlisle's long-awaited western 'bypass' opened to traffic this afternoon.

A convoy of vehicles from various transport businesses were the first to officially try out the new road, which runs from junction 44 of the M6 to the A595 at Newby West. The road opened to motorists at 2pm.

The five-mile route allows people travelling from the west to reach the M6 and the A69 without passing through the city centre. The opening of the road, which skirts the west of the city, should ease congestion and the number of cars and lorries travelling along Kingstown Road, Scotland Road, Castle Way and Wigton Road.

The first section of the road - known as the Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR) - opened last August.

It runs from junction 44 at Kingstown to Kingmoor Park.

Kingmoor Park is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the new road, which crosses Orton Road, Moorhouse Road and Burgh Road.

The road has nine roundabouts as well as bridges over the River Eden and West Coast Mainline and has a cycle path and pavement along its length.

Councillors recently approved a 40mph limit between the M6 and Kingmoor Park.

The national 60mph speed limit will apply on the rest of the route.

The road was due to open in April but contractor Birse Civil has completed the job ahead of schedule.

It is part of a £176 million Private Finance Initiative scheme delivered by Balfour Beatty through its subsidiary Connect Roads.

The contract covers construction of the CNDR and its maintenance for 30 years along with maintenance of 92 miles of the A7, A594, A595, A596, A689 and A6071.

Cumbria County Council chairman John Woolley cut a ribbon at a special opening ceremony attended by other county councillors and officers, contractors and local firms.

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