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Work starts on £175M upgrade of 'Cumbria Gap'

Transport secretary Douglas Alexander has this morning performed the official start of work ceremony for the £175M project to bring the A74 in Cumbria up to motorway status.
The 9km section of the A74 between Carlisle and Guards Mill will provide the 'missing link' in the motorway network between England and Scotland.The A74 is the main westerly route between England and Scotland and is used by over 44,000 vehicles a day, three quarters of the cross border traffic. This includes around 10,000 heavy goods vehicles. The scheme was one of 10 vital infrastructure schemes identified by NCE in its 2004 'Stop the Transport Cuts' campaign.

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