Thursday, 03 September 2015

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Lake District road to close for emergency repairs

The main road into Borrowdale from Keswick is to be closed for emergency repair work from Monday morning.

Borrrowdale road photo
The road will now be closed for about six weeks

The B5289, which skirts along the east of Derwentwater and is the main access road for communities along Borrowdale including Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller, will have to be closed both ways at the point where the side road climbs up to Watendlath.

A Cumbria County Council highways team had been attempting to carry out £60,000 repair work on a retaining wall at the side of the road.

However, once the team started the work, the road's saturated foundations began to fall away.

The road is now likely to be closed to traffic for about six weeks from 10am on Monday. Only pedestrians and dismounted cyclists and horseriders will be able to pass through while work is ongoing.

The official diversion is over Honister Pass and then via Buttermere, Lorton and Whinlatter.

Increased traffic along the back road via Portinscale and underneath Cat Bells to Grange is anticipated and "there will be increased vigilance for unsuitably parked cars blocking this popular tourist road" says the council.

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