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26 February 2016

Drainage and resurfacing work starting on A592


Cumbria County Council is investing approximately £400,000 in road repairs and improvements on the A592 near Ullswater.

This essential work will involve resurfacing, drainage and embankment works to repair flood damage and help reduce the risk of future flooding on a section of road between Aira Force and Dobbin Wood.

Work will start on Monday 29 February and is expected to last for approximately four weeks, subject to weather conditions, with completion scheduled before Easter.

As part of the scheme, a section of surface water drain will be replaced at the side of the road and new drainage pipes installed under the road at 12 locations. Flood damage to embankments will also be repaired and a 2.2km section of damaged road will be replaced with a new surface.

Due to the extensive repairs required and the narrow and twisty nature of the road, it will be necessary to close a 4.3km section of the A592 between the A5091 junction at Aira Force and the U3136 Knotts to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. A signed diversion will be in place via the A5091 and A66 during this period. Signs are now in place giving advance warning of the works.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways, said: “We were already planning improvements at this location because the drainage system struggles to cope with heavy rainfall, but we’re now carrying out more extensive works to repair damage caused in the recent floods."

“The road needs to be closed to allow this work to be safely carried out and we’re working with our contractor to get it completed as soon as possible. The road should reopen before Easter, which will coincide with completion of the new temporary bridge which we’re installing at Pooley Bridge. There will inevitably be some disruption to road users during this period and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

The National Trust car park and Ullswater Steamers’ Pier at Aira Force will remain open throughout this period.

Cumbria County Council is investing approximately £400,000 in road repairs and improvements on the A592 near Ullswater