Rory has today welcomed the news that the Department for Transport has approved a £2.3 million package of improvements to the access points into the Eden Business Park and Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith, with work on the four-month project likely to begin in October 2014.

The decision follows Rory’s lobbying of the Department on measures to boost the economy of Penrith and the Eden valley, harnessing its enormous potential as a major transport, business and tourism hub in the heart of Cumbria and the north-west. As well as easing congestion in Penrith, the development will improve traffic flow into and out of the Gilwilly estate and Eden Business Park from junction 40 of the M6. The project will include new feeder lanes and the creation of a new double roundabout on Newton Road to help link the estates.

Speaking today Rory said: “I’m absolutely delighted about this. I campaigned and met with Ministers to persuade them to invest in the huge potential of the M6 ‘corridor’ at Penrith, highlighting the enormous benefits this will bring to our economy: investing in the infrastructure that supports the sorts of businesses we will be seeing more of in and around Penrith – a wide network of micro-businesses – and highlighting the unique position of Penrith as a real hub for business growth.”

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