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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Cockermouth Main Street reopening delayed

The opening of Cockermouth’s Main Street has been delayed after builders encountered a problem in the road.

The whole street was set to reopen to traffic at the end of June.

However, contractors Aggregate Industries have found further damage to the road foundations beyond what was anticipated.

Cumbria County Council now estimates that work will be pushed back by around two weeks and Main Street will reopen in the first half of July.

The section of Main Street, from Sullart Street to Station Street, has been closed since the beginning of March for a £1.7 million improvement scheme to help protect the town from flooding. That part of the road will now reopen later this month.

A council spokesman said that the overall completion of the project remained on track for the end of August.

Andy Walsh, chairman of the town’s chamber of trade, said: “It’s a little bit disappointing to be delayed by two weeks, but in the bigger picture, once the first section is opened, it will make a huge difference. People coming into the town will feel it’s open.”

There will be no access to traffic on Main Street, from Station Street to Cocker Bridge, when the second phase starts.

The council will hold a drop-in session on the second phase from 2pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday at Cockermouth Town Hall with information on traffic arrangements.

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