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12 August 2022

Dalston to Cummersdale footpath to temporarily close

Following diversion works by Northern Gas Networks in the Carlisle and Cummersdale area, Cumbria County Council are notifying local residents that a public Right of Way will be temporarily closed.

Northern Gas Networks are carrying out critical gas diversion projects in the Carlisle and Cummersdale area.

The first involves diverting a 600m section of high pressure gas main intersecting the River Caldew, where the river has scoured away the riverbed sitting over the main, meaning the pipe is now exposed and potentially vulnerable to damage.

In order to protect members of the public, a section of Footpath No.111006 between Dalston and Cummersdale will be closed from Monday 15 August for up to six months. 

Before reaching this conclusion, Cumbria County Council considered every alternative solution, recognising the inconvenience for local residents, cyclists and walkers.

The second involves diverting a section of high pressure gas main that runs from Catton to Cummersdale, as part of the County Council’s Carlisle Southern Link Road project.

Both projects involve complex engineering and bringing in specialist heavy equipment and machinery to enable the works, which are essential for keeping gas supply to Cumbria safe and reliable.

The county council apologises for the disruption and confirms that Northern Gas Networks will continue to review the access and inform the community of the progress of this project.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“The safety of the public is our main priority here and our teams are working closely with Northern Gas Networks to keep the disruption to a minimum.

“Although the footpath is still accessible from Cummersdale to Carlisle, it will not be possible to walk or cycle from Dalston to Cummersdale, and the path will be closed from 15 August for up to six months. We have looked at many alternative routes, but unfortunately this is the only option that can ensure everyone's safety.

“We appreciate that the closure will have an impact on local residents, especially the walking and cycling community, and we apologise for this. Additionally, we would like to express our appreciation to the community for their patience and understanding as the Northern Gas Networks carry out these necessary works.”

Andy Mellars, Project Manager for Northern Gas Networks added:

“Diversion projects involve complex engineering and highly skilled teams, and we are bringing in specialist heavy equipment and welding machinery to enable the work.

“To protect our teams and members of the public while we’re carrying out this work, unfortunately we need to close a section of the footpath between Dalston and Cummersdale.

“We have kept schools and parish councils updated on the plans, and we’ve worked very closely with Cumbria County Council’s Countryside Access Team to explore every alternative solution before reaching this conclusion, as we fully appreciate the inconvenience for local residents, walkers and cyclists.

“We are extremely sorry for the disruption, and as the work progresses, we’ll continue to review the access and keep the community updated on timescales.

“We want to minimise impact on local people as much as we can so we’re carrying out both projects at the same time to reduce the likelihood of further disruption.”


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Following diversion works by Northern Gas Networks in the Carlisle and Cummersdale area, Cumbria County Council are notifying local residents that a public Right of Way will be temporarily closed.