I was the project ecologist for this scheme between 2003 and 2006. The project aimed to provide a bypass of the villages of Distington, Common End and Howgate to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety and transit times between Whitehaven and Workington.
My role involved completion of surveys and reports to support the draft Orders published in 2005, including:
- Extended Phase 1 habitat, NVC and great crested newt surveys
- Production of ecology chapter of Environmental Statement for proposed dual carriageway bypassing the village of Distington, dealing with potential impacts on: a county important site, great crested newts, otters, red squirrel, bats, barn owl and badgers
- Production of draft great crested newt development licence application
The bypass opened to traffic on 17 December 2008 and ancillary widening works were completed on 12 March 2009.