The Waterfront Business Park, Barrow is strategically placed at the “international sea gateway” to Cumbria alongside the ABP owned port of Barrow.
The port offers direct sea based export routes, worldwide for trade to Europe, the far east and coastal UK ports. It also offers short sea crossings to the Isle of Man and Ireland. There are also connections to Ireland via the nearby ro-ro port of Heysham in Lancashire. You can get a whole-round briefing on the port facilities and details of access by shipping at https://www.abports.co.uk/locations/barrow/ or by telephoning the port at Tel 01229 822 911.
THE A590/M6 and A595 CONNECTIONS
The A590 Trunk Road, significant lengths of which are dual carriageway, connects the waterfront business park and the port to the UK motorway network, at junction 36 of the M6. From there are good connections to Scotland, the Midlands, London and the south west. The M61/62 offers scope for Manchester Airport and servicing Leeds and Sheffield conurbations and the Humber ports, through which many Cumbrian company supply chains extend into Europe.. The M6/M58 gives access to Liverpool and Birkenhead ports and global markets.
The A590 is a part of the national heavy, wide load route network. Highways England’s national Special Orders team can be contacted through Cumbria County Council at 01228 221887 for advice on arranging all loads over 150 tonnes or exceeding particular dimensions.
The A595 from the A590 Elliscales Dalton Roundabout connects the area to Millom, Sellafield and west Cumbria.
The A590 via North Road, Bridge Road, Harding Rise provides the gateway local access road to Ramsden Dock Road into the northern part of the port, its ro-ro berths and the complex of “O and M” bases.
The A590 also connects at Craven Park roundabout to HIndpool Road, the Strand, St George’s’ Square, Cavendish Dock Road to give access to Ramsden Dock South quayside facilities and Marina village site.
The A5087 leading out of the south east corner of Barrow or along the coast from Ulverston is the main access to the 204ha Energy Opportunities Area off Rampside Road, Barrow.
WEST COAST RAIL SERVICES – GREAT LINKS TO MANCHESTER, LIVERPOOL, LEEDS, LONDON, GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, BRISTOL,
For business executive and commuter passengers Barrow Railway Station is 1.66 miles northeast of the Business Park, it is walkable in 33 minutes, there are Stagecoach Bus services from Barrow Island or taxi services too.
Northern Rail’s Furness and Cumbria Coast rail services provide hourly trains to Lancaster or Preston with 10 services direct to Manchester. There are frequent West Coast Main Line services to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh connecting at Lancaster or Preston, or you can drive and park at Oxenholme (Kendal station) to connect there. You can plan your journeys and book tickets for Northern rail services at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
Barrow has ten daily direct rail services to Manchester Airport with additional connecting services delivering hourly links. Cumbria Coast line services link to Carlisle and Sellafield.
From London passenger rail services start at 05.31 arriving Barrow 10.03. One of the fastest services (3 hours 31 minutes) leaves at 08.30 arriving 12.01. The last arrival in Barrow is at 00.37 departing London at 20.30.
The first train to London from Barrow is at 04.53 arriving London Euston 08.53, there is a choice of 19 daily departure times the last two are at 18.55 and 19.43. For business users it is possible to take the first train of the day out of Barrow undertake a full days work appointments in London and return on either the 19.30 or 20.30 ex-London.
You can plan your rail travel arrival and departure times using https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
RAIL FREIGHT RIGHT INTO THE PORT OF BARROW
A branch railway line leaves the Furness Line at Salthouse Junction, Barrow to connect to INS Quay on the south side of Ramsden Dock. This offers rail freight import/export service potential using a multi-modal freight approach. Currently it is used to move irradiated nuclear fuel from the quayside in association with international movements of this material. the multi-modal facility is also being used to unload pipes from turkey destined by road to a South Cumbria aquaduct renewal work site.
GLOBAL AIRLINKS FROM MANCHESTER AND LIVERPOOL AIRPORTS
Manchester International Airport is the international gateway airport for companies based at the Waterfront Business Park which need to service global or whole of UK markets. This airport enables businesses to access over 200 destinations, handles nearly 29million passengers a year and 202,109 aircraft movements (April 2019 data). Plan your flights and journey at https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/
The airport is also a global freight hub handling 100,000 tonnes annually which it has delivered from all over UK.
Liverpool Airport handles over 5m passengers annually. Discover all about it at https://www.liverpoolairport.com/, its strategic vision is at https://www.liverpoolairport.com/media/2993/liverpool-john-lennon-airport-strategic-vision-to-2030.pdf.
LOCAL BUS SERVICES Stagecoach bus No.1 serves connects Biggar Bank with the town centre and Furness General Hospital in Hawcoat.
First morning departure is at 06.39 from the Hospital arriving at Barrow Island at 07.00. This runs until the last bus arrives at 23.33.
From Walney, Biggar Bank the services start at 06.38, arriving 07.17 then ends with the 22.45 arriving at 22.54.
Bus Route No. 1 provides a 4-minute journey for Barrow Island to and from Barrow Town Hall and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel every 12 minutes. From 19.29 services become hourly until 22.31.
You can plan your Bus journeys using https://www.stagecoachbus.com/.
Coach companies offering travel resources include: Reays Coaches, Travellers Choice, Dave New Tours, Escape to Travel ,Hodgson Travel, Ricky’s Travel and Coach Hire or CC Coaches.
TAXIS There are currently a wide range of taxi and private hire operators available in the Barrow Borough providing local travel services.
PROXIMITY TO THE TOWN CENTRE OF BARROW
Barrow town centre offers a great range of independent shops, leisure, cultural and entertainment venues, business services an hotel or apartment and rented accommodation including the new Holiday Inn Express, 127 bed hotel at Market Street, The town centre is just over 0.9 miles to the east it is around 6 minutes by bike or is walkable in 12 minutes.
BARROW ISLAND “VILLAGE” SHOPS
The Waterfront’s local and nearest shopping area is a short walk away on Anchor Road and Island Road, Barrow island, which is 6-10 minute walk, 0.3-0.5 miles to the east. Here you will find local shops including a Coop – Island Road Supermarket, Mark Roberts Newsagents, a post office, Just Tasty – food outlet, Cakes and Shakes, the Green Jade, Hensens – a taste of Home, Anchor Fish Bar, The Devonshire Pub, The Royal Hotel, Maritime Apartments, Devonshire Buildings accommodation providers, and more,