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23 June 2022

£4.56m surface dressing programme completed

Cumbria County Council's Highways Team working with Kiely Bros’ Ltd, are close to completing £4.56 million of surface dressing improvements throughout Cumbria.

Teams have carried out 82 individual projects since April, surfacing around 120 miles of road, equivalent to a 900,000 square metres of surface, or 126 football pitches!

Almost all the projects have been completed on schedule, with a few exceptions in South Lakeland due to weather that will be completed in the autumn.

Replacement of the road markings continues focusing in Barrow this week.

Throughout Cumbria there are 4,908 miles of highway, and it is crucial that this network is maintained with treatments that provide the best value for money. Surface dressing prolongs the life of the road surface, seals the surface and adds texture, thereby preventing costly options such as full reconstruction of the road.

Around 10,000 tonnes of chippings have been collected from the surface dressing projects and returned to our central stockpile to be recycled and re-used next year.

The value of works in each district are as follows:

Allerdale                  £570,00

Barrow                    £319,000

Carlisle                   £710,000

Copeland                £319,000

Eden                       £1.17m

South Lakeland       £360,000


Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, said:

“This essential package of road maintenance works has improved 82 sections of routes across the county, making journeys much smoother for drivers and extending the life of the road. 

“We understand the importance of the road network in Cumbria and the surface dressing works were coordinated to minimise disruption and delays.

“I’d like to thank the local communities and drivers for their patience and understanding during periods of congestion as our teams delivered this package of works, worth £4.56 million. I’d also like to thank the teams and engineers involved in the works for their hard work, very often in challenging conditions.”

James Goodwin, Contract Manager from Kiely Bros’ said:

“Delivering a Surface Dressing programme of this size takes a large team of operatives, inspectors and engineers working alongside each other 12 months of the year.

“Cumbria County Council and Kiely Bros’ collaboration has ensured that these works have been delivered efficiently, safely and with minimal disruption to road users. We have been able to closely work together throughout, maximising our resources, to achieve a common goal

“Kiely Bros would like to thank all staff responsible for the surface dressing at Cumbria County Council for their support and assistance. Ensuring we can get on with our job of providing a product to the high standard that the local communities should expect” 

Tanker - spraying the bitumen

Chipping machine laying the chippings


This is referred to as the main train used for carrying out works to longer, wider roads. 

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Cumbria County Council's Highways Team working with Kiely Bros’ Ltd, are close to completing £4.56 million of surface dressing improvements throughout Cumbria.