Cumbria County Council seeks ideas and views to improve county highways

Cumbria County Council wants young people to get involved in an online Highways survey to understand the views and needs of local people and highways users.

It is looking for feedback and ideas on topics ranging from improving the planning of routine and emergency roadworks, to communicating with the highways service and reporting road faults or defects.

The survey is part of a project to develop and improve the highways service in the county, ensuring the network meets the needs of local communities, businesses and visitors.  Cumbria has the fourth largest road network in the country, with almost 5,000 miles of carriageway, 3,000 miles of footways and cycleways, 145,000 gullies and 45,000 light columns to maintain all year round. 

The online survey is anonymous, consisting of 18 questions and takes around 5 minutes to complete.

Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:

“We are very keen to get young people involved in understanding the work we do and the decisions we make, and consultation exercises like this help to steer that decision-making process.

“Understanding the views and needs of local residents, businesses and commuters is key to ensuring the network is safe, reliable and efficient, and helps us to identify where improvements are required.”

Cllr Little has agreed to attend an on-line session with Cumbria Future Leaders to talk about the Highways service in Cumbria, the challenges and how young people can influence future development.

The survey closes on 21st February 2021.

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