Plans, projects and improvements

The asset management strategy, our annual maintenance and road surface dressing programme, the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project, replacing gas pipes, A592 and A684 safety improvements, Langwathby Bridge.

Safer roads - A684

In 2018, we were given £9 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve the safety of 2 roads:

  • the A592 from Windermere to the A66 near Rheged
  • the A684 from the M6 junction eastwards to the county boundary with North Yorkshire

Download a map showing the A684 route, (PDF, 215KB).

What the A684 works involve

The A684 was identified as part of the DfT research as requiring improvements to make the road safer. This was based on surveys of the road as well as reviewing accident data.

The works include a variety of measures:

  • repairing and replacing verge markers
  • signage
  • improved road markings
  • vegetation clearance

There will be a new electronic sign at Black Horse Hill to warn approaching drivers of ice and fog on this stretch of road. Additional street lighting will be installed between Sedbergh and the industrial estate. The lighting is 'dark sky compliant' but will ensure the safety of pedestrians particularly to and from the industrial estate, as well as highlighting the junction with the A683.

Lincoln's Inn Bridge will have improved signage and road lining to warn approaching drivers of the narrow and humpback-bridge where visibility is reduced.

How the A684 works may affect your journey

The scheme has been divided into 5 sections. These sections start at the M6 and work eastwards towards the county boundary with North Yorkshire.

Within each section there are a variety of measures and due to the nature of the works, these will be carried out by different contractors or teams, depending on their speciality. The works have been carefully programmed to avoid a full road closure.

Instead the work will be done in section using either temporary traffic lights or stop/go signs. This allows us to monitor traffic flow better and keep delays to a minimum.

Have your say and find out more

A series of public engagement events were initially held to present the proposals to the public. We also held meetings with stakeholders including the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and North Yorkshire County Council.

We are working closely with the parishes and other partners to ensure information is available within the community. Noticeboards will be installed in Sedbergh and Garsdale and there will be updates in the 'Sedbergh Lookaround' Community Newsletter. We will also send updates out to key stakeholders who can share information with their own networks as well.

If you have any questions, and to be added to our mailing list, please:

Email: A684@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk.