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New Plan For M6 Corridor To Boost Cumbrian Economy

Thousands of new jobs could be created in Cumbria - if development opportunities are seized along part of the M6.

That's according to a major new report by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which has highlighting development opportunities - including recommendations for road and rail improvements.

The county council and South Lakeland Council - along with Carlisle and Eden councils have all been involved.

Proposed road improvements include upgrading the A590 to improve access from the M6 to Furness.

Rail plans include an upgrade to the Furness line.

The document - named the Strategic Infrastructure Prospectus for the M6 corridor, has been created to showcase how important the corridor is for the Northern Powerhouse project.

LEP chairman George Beveridge said: “The M6 corridor is a critical national artery and needs to be a major focus of growth and investment, particularly in the context of the scale and nature of investment due to come into Cumbria over the next 10 years.

“While the corridor is already prospering, collectively we can achieve much more. The county has a rich portfolio of investment opportunities, but there is a critical need for infrastructure investment to bring them alive.

“Our aim is to use this publication to strengthen the nationally important transport role of the M6 corridor, unlock major new investment opportunities and deliver jobs and employment in line with Northern Powerhouse growth aspirations.”

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