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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Cockermouth Main Street will be fully open to traffic by end of June

Cockermouth Main Street will be fully reopened to traffic by the end of June, says the county council.

A deal was recently struck with contractors Aggregate Industries for workers to extend their working day by two hours in a bid to accelerate the £1.7 million scheme.

That followed strong complaints from traders who claimed the road closure was damaging their businesses.

The currently closed section is expected to reopen to traffic in the first half of next month.

A second phase involves the temporary closure of the road both ways from High Sand Lane to Cocker Bridge but it is now expected to have full vehicle access both ways by the end of June.

The project had been scheduled for completion in August.

Other work will take place during July but, says the council, "the key thing is that the town – which is still very much open for business right now – will have full access for vehicles before the start of the summer holidays."

Coun Keith Little, Cabinet member for highways, said: "I'm delighted that the main road through Cockermouth will be fully open before the summer holidays. The town still needs people's support and trade in the meantime though, so we're still encouraging people to take advantage of the free parking and visit the town while the work is still underway. Businesses need your support."

Coun Alan Smith, leader of Allerdale Borough Council, welcomed the revised timeframe.

"We appreciate it was vital for the works to be carried out but it has nonetheless been a challenging time for many Cockermouth traders, although Cumbria County Council should be applauded for making this investment in the town. I would continue to urge local people to show their support and go shopping in the town.”

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