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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Sea defences repairs to cost more than £100,000

Repairs to sea defences that protect a well-used coastal road will cost more than £100,000.

Dubmill Point photo
Dubmill Point was battered by the tide

Last weekend's storm punched holes in some of the gabion baskets - wire containers containing boulders - along a quarter mile stretch of the B5300 Allonby to Silloth road at Dubmill Point.

The road was closed on Saturday because of debris caused by the strong winds, severe rainfall and high tides.

Cumbria council highways teams have since cleared the road and inspections have shown its surface does not appear to be damaged.

But the defences must be rebuilt and that stretch - which reopened at about 5pm yesterday (Monday) - has had its speed limit reduced from 60mph to 30mph.

That is to protect the highways teams while they are working in the road and as a precautionary measure to safeguard the public in case of any future subsidence.

The council says the repairs will cost more than £100,000 and are likely to take a number of weeks. The road's condition is being checked every day.

Significant repairs have not yet started because another storm is predicted tomorrow.

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