Sunday, 1 April 2012

Ambleside Bypass

Proposed site of bypass.
The Lake District may be renowned for its natural beauty but it's now about to add an architectural gem to its list of stunning landmarks.  If you've ever been stuck in a long queue of traffic on the approach to Ambleside then worry not, for all that is about to change.  Cumbria County Council are poised to release plans outlining the route for a dramatic Ambleside Bypass.  The proposed bypass would sweep across the northern edge of Windermere linking the A591 directly with the A593.  Locals and regular visitors to the area will be familiar with the queues that build up on busy weekends and bank holidays around this popular town, but not for much longer.

Norman Foster, the architect behind many famous landmarks including, most significantly in this case, the Millau Viaduct in France, has been consulted and is apparently excited at the opportunity to create a viaduct of equal beauty and stature in this stunning corner of the Lake District.

The proposed structure would provide a more direct link between Windermere and Coniston whilst at the same time relieving the bottlenecks in the area.  Discussions are at an early stage and Friends of the Lake District together with the Lake District National Parks Authority are expected to be widely consulted on the proposal.  Those wishing to learn more about the plans should contact the council, quoting planning reference: @Pr1l F0ol