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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Work begins on £1.7m high street revamp in Cumbrian town

A £1.7 million six-month revamp of Cockermouth’s Main Street starts today.

Cumbria County Council is ploughing the money into the town which will pay for the resurfacing of the road, renewing the drainage system and lights, and repaving footpaths between Sullart Street and Cocker Bridge.

The enhancement works were expected to go ahead last year, but were put back until after the Christmas and New Year period.

They are due to begin on this morning and expected to be complete by July, depending on the weather conditions.

Temporary traffic controls will be in place on Main Street and some sections of the north footpath will be closed at times, with a temporary footway with access to properties and shops. Signs will also be in place advising that Cockermouth is open for business during the works.

Councillor Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the essential scheme would bring major improvements to the town centre.

“We have timed the works to avoid the busy period leading up to Christmas and will do all we can to ensure traffic flows smoothly,” he added. “Some disruption will be unavoidable and we apologise for any inconvenience, but once the scheme is completed, everyone will benefit from a much-improved town centre.”

Improvement work will also be carried out on High Sand Lane, Cockermouth, including installing a replacement drainage system, resurfacing the carriageway, and reconstructing both footways with sandstone setts.

This work will start next Monday and is expected to take three weeks to complete.

High Sand Lane will be closed to traffic while work takes place from 9am to 3.30pm during this period and there will be no access for vehicles between these times.

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