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Exciting step forward for BEC regeneration plans as funding for road improvements is announced

The Department for Transport has today confirmed that Cumbria County Council has been successful in a bid to secure funding for £2.5 million of infrastructure improvements to the junction at Bransty Row in Whitehaven with £1.67 million being allocated from the governments National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) and BEC contributing a further £0.8 million match funding.  

BEC has worked with Cumbria County Council on the bid. The funding will help deliver highway improvements linked to redevelopment proposals at BEC’s flagship Whitehaven North Show regeneration project, including junction and pedestrian improvements.

Michael Pemberton, CEO, Britain’s Energy Coast said: “Successful physical regeneration is about so much more than bricks and buildings. Creating the supporting infrastructure is a critical component as we look to develop North Shore into an area that the people of Whitehaven and beyond can be proud of.”

“This is a crucial early step forwards in the exciting regeneration of Whitehaven’s North Shore. Britain’s Energy Coast has worked hard with Cumbria County Council (CCC) to build a successful case to the NPIF and we are delighted to see this hard work and collaborative approach pay off. It is particularly pleasing to see more central government funding making its way in to Cumbria to support these key schemes.”

“BEC is committed to working with partners including Cumbria County Council, Copeland Borough Council and the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners to bring forth a £300m+ connected development at Whitehaven Harbour including offices, hotel, leisure, residential and supporting car parking infrastructure. The works made possible by Cumbria County Councils successful bid will create a critical infrastructure gateway to support the development, ease congestion and improve pedestrian accessibility surrounding the scheme.”

Cllr Keith Little, CCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is excellent news for Whitehaven and the county. The council is proactive in bidding to these government funding streams so it’s great to see the effort we put in to making our case paying off. This money is all about helping unlock economic growth and the plans we have will help make real improvements to an area in need of investment. I look forward to seeing work start on the ground in the future.”

NPIF is a £23bn source of central government investment for areas that are key to boosting productivity, including transport, digital communications, research and development, and housing.