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12 April 2019

Road set to reopen after completion of major engineering works

The road between Gaitsgill and Raughton Head will reopen on Monday 15 April following completion of substantial engineering works. 

Cumbria County Council has invested more than £320,000 in the project, which has involved re-positioning a 260m-long section of the road. 

The works were required after the River Roe burst its banks during Storm Desmond, causing a significant landslip adjacent to the road between Gaitsgill and Raughton Head. The road was subsequently closed to traffic for safety reasons and, following completion of the works, will reopen on Monday 15 April. 

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “This section of road has been re-positioned some 20m away from the area that had slipped and has been designed to be more flood resilient. The road realignment and associated drainage works have proved a very challenging engineering project for our contractor because of the topography of the land and the ground conditions.” 

The scheme is one of more than 1,200 individual schemes within the council’s £120m Infrastructure Recovery Programme, established following Storm Desmond in December 2015. 

Images of the new section of road and the road closed due to a landslip can be downloaded from the links below.






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The road between Gaitsgill and Raughton Head will reopen on Monday 15 April following completion of substantial engineering works.