Key Cumbria road set to re-open next month


Cumbria’s crucial A591 link, which has been closed since storm Desmond last December, is set to re-open next month ‘earlier than initially planned’.

HE chief executive Jim O’Sullivan with Patrick McLoughlin

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said during a visit to the county that Highways England and contractor Kier are ‘doing all they can to re-open the A591 on Friday 13 May 2016’.

Highways England is overseeing work to restore the road on behalf of Cumbria County Council.

It said the opening has been brought forward from the end of May, which means people visiting Cumbria for the spring bank holiday and half-term break would be able to travel along the entire stretch of the road between Grasmere and Keswick.

Mr McLoughlin said: ‘The A591 is vital to Cumbria’s economy, providing an essential link for residents, businesses and tourists, so it is great news that Highways England expects to reopen the route earlier than planned.'

Keith Little, Cumbria’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: 'Everyone involved with the repair deserves our thanks as they have worked tirelessly to reopen this road, a road which is a vital connection for communities, businesses and tourists alike.’

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