TRANSPORT secretary Chris Grayling has described plans for the construction of a Northern Access Route in Kendal as "credible."

South Lakes MP Tim Farron says he was “encouraged” after meeting with Mr Grayling this week along with the Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council, Cllr Ian Stewart.

Last month the Gazette reported on a new study undertaken by CCC which found that a link road between the A591 and the A685 would deliver future strategic growth in the town, improve access to current and future employment sites and reduce town centre congestion.

“We had a very encouraging meeting with the Secretary of State who said the scheme was credible," said Mr Farron. “We made the case that a Northern development route would create jobs, relieve congestion, and improve the air quality in the town centre.

“There is so much potential and today’s meeting was hopefully a big step forward to making a Northern development route in Kendal a reality.”