John Stevenson MP for Carlisle welcomes the Government’s Strategic Road Network – Strategic Studies which will look at all crossings across the country between Leeds and Manchester in the South and Edinburgh and Glasgow in the North.
Last year, John, along with Guy Opperman MP and Rory Stewart MP secured a Feasibility Study for the A69, which links Carlisle to Newcastle.
The Strategic Studies will take the principle North Pennine routes; the A69 and the A66 and examine the potential to create a new strategic corridor in the region to link the A1 with the M6.
In a letter from Minister of State for Transport, Andrew Jones he says ‘A new strategic corridor would support the economies of the North East and Cumbria, improve journeys between England and Scotland, encourage the growth of the North East ports and help the development of a northern powerhouse.’
John said ‘This indicates that the Government are examining the potential to offer our area a real improvement in our infrastructure, from Carlisle to Newcastle. The Feasibility Study that we secured on the A69 in the last Parliament will form part of this. Such proposals will undoubtedly create a better infrastructure to and from Carlisle, as well as an opportunity for us to grow our economy whilst forming better links with the North East and Scotland through better roads, improved journey times and safer routes across the country.’