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Written by on July 2, 2020

From our reporter JASON RUSHWORTH

Many people in Copeland have discovered cycling and walking in recent months. As such Whitehaven is to get a share of a government hand out to encourage us all to get on our bikes.

The government tells St Bees radio today in a freedom of information request – that it has asked local authorities in our county to make significant changes to our road layouts and give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. Cumbria County Council tells us it has now been awarded £260,000 for a range of temporary ‘pop up’ walking and cycling schemes and that their funding came from the Department for Transport.

Whitehaven town council tells us that that you will start to see changes. Cyclists are being encouraged to use Swingpump Lane one way from Rosemary Lane to East Strand. Work will begin to install a cycle way to allow safer journeys as alternatives to public transport.

Any temporary changes will still need traffic regulation orders and the use of recognised safe traffic singes to ensure our safety. But St Bees Radio can reveal that we can expect change ahead and soon.

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