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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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£500,000 bid to stop erosion on Workington riverbank

A £500,000 restoration programme begins next week to stop a crumbling riverbank creeping close to the A596 in Workington.

River Derwent photo
The north bank of the River Derwent

The county council project will see 3,000 tons of limestone – equivalent to 200 double decker buses – brought in to shore up a section of the north bank of the River Derwent. A council spokesman said the area covered a 100m stretch between Northside and Navvies Bridge.

Large blocks of stone will be brought in to secure land between the river and the A596.

The riverbank started eroding after the 20009 floods and has so far lost around 30ft.

Keith Little, county council member responsible for highways and transport, said it was “vital” work.

“We must protect the A596 from the threat of further river erosion, which is why we’re making this significant investment,” he said.

“We’ve been working hard to deliver a long-term solution that safeguards this important road.”

Mr Little said he was delighted the work was about to get underway next week.

Work will start on Monday and is expected to take around 12 weeks. A council spokesman said it should be finished by mid-autumn.

An Environment Agency spokesman said that they were aware of people’s concerns around Northside Road, and supported the county council with advice and guidance.

He said the agency had checked that the erosion was not causing additional flood risk to the community.

Allerdale Council, which owns the land, erected a temporary fence earlier this year.

Road users are being warned to expect some delays on the A596 for a few days from next week. One lane will be temporarily closed at Northside while heavy plant and machinery is unloaded.

The council warned there may be further disruption shortly before the work ends, when construction plant and equipment are removed.

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