Two Month Road Closure Planned for Busy Penrith Link Road and Walking Route

Westmorland and Furness Council granted a temporary traffic regulation order on Friday that will enable Electric Northwest to close road to vehicles and pedestrians for two months to carry out the work along Mile Lane West of Penrith.

Mile Lane that forms a busy link road between the A66 and the West of Penrith including the town’s industrial estates is set to be closed for 11 weeks between the 12th August and the 1st of November to enable Electricity Northwest to carry out the installation of a new high voltage mains cable between Newton Road and the A66.

Work is already underway by Electricity Northwest on Greystoke Road to install a section of the new mains cable with traffic lights. The works will be extended along Greystoke road from the junction with Mile Land along onto Newton Road to Netwongate Substation and be in place until the 16th of August.

It’s understood the work to install the new cable will replace cables currently carried via overhead pylons in the area as part of Electricity North Wests capital infrastructure upgrade work.

Due to the nature of the works on Mile Lane Electric Northwest have said “it is not possible to maintain access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists through the extents of the temporary road closure.

Access for Emergency Vehicles will be maintained where required for the duration of these works.”

The road will be closed from its junction with the A66 to the junction with the B5288 Greystoke Road from the 12th of August to the 1st of November.

Local residents and businesses have said they have currently received no notification of the works or road closure and have raised concerns with Electricity Northwest about access to their properties during the closure given the prohibition of pedestrian access as well as vehicles during the closure.

Concerns around a sinkhole located along the eastern edge of Mile Lane have also been raised with electricity northwest due to the close proximity of the planned work that will see a trench over 1 meter deep excavated along the road.

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