BEC worked with Cumbria County Council on a bid to the UK Governments £23bn National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).
The £2.5m infrastructure improvement are a key element of BEC’s wider aspirations for regeneration of Whitehaven, transforming the Northern Gateway to the town.
Cumbria County Council delivered the project with local company Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd appointed as the main contractor.
The scheme is designed to ease congestion and improve road safety with a clearer road layout for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Access to Tesco, the Bus Station and train station have been improved and pedestrian access has been enhanced with a new set of traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, designed in consultation with a local disability group.
Other improvements include the creation of a pocket park, installation of planters in the central reservation and an interpretation board giving a history of the area with archive photographs and information on the Bransty Arch. The works have also helped pave the way for further development in the town Northern Gateway area, in addition to the redevelopment of the old Bus Station.