Cumbrian trunk route reopened at last

12th May 2016

Cumbrian trunk route reopened at last (image credit: iStock/carloscastilla)

Highways England engineers have completed the extensive refurbishment and repairs of the A591 in Cumbria, which was badly damaged in storms and flooding last winter.

Fleet operators planning journeys in the area will be pleased to learn that the road surface has now been fully restored, despite having been struck by widespread flooding that decimated not only the local transport network but many nearby communities as well.

However, thanks to the efforts of engineers and a significant investment from Highways England, the four-mile stretch of this important carriageway that was the worst affected by the storms has now been reopened to all traffic.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "The A591 is vital for tourism, business and residents in Cumbria so I am pleased Highways England has delivered this challenging project almost three weeks ahead of schedule, and in time for the Bank Holiday.

"I am pleased to have met some of the 100 workers who worked so hard on this project so that the Lake District is fully open for business this summer."

Measures have also been put in place to ensure the route will be more resilient to flooding and other hazardous weather in future, with a new 106-metre retaining wall constructed at Dunmail Raise, as well as seven other retaining walls and 91 drains being improved alongside Thirlmere reservoir.

In total, the project has seen 44,000 square metres of local roads resurfaced – the equivalent of six football pitches – and new rock netting installed in many areas to provide a welcome boost to safety and journey reliability for travellers in the area in the years ahead.