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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Work begins to improve Cumbrian town's main street

Workmen have moved into Cockermouth as part of a major £1.7 million scheme to improve Main Street.

Cockermouth town photo
Main Street, Cockermouth

The main part of the project will begin in High Sand Lane in Cockermouth next Monday but yesterday saw preparatory drainage work getting underway.

The road on High Sand Lane will also be resurfaced and both pavements laid with sandstone.

The works on Main Street, due to begin immediately after the High Sand Lane work, will include resurfacing the road, repaving footpaths on the northern side and renewing lights and the drainage system between Sullart Street and Cocker Bridge.

The work on High Sand Lane is expected to take three weeks to complete and the road will be closed to traffic between 9am and 3.30pm.

Preparatory work began yesterday to set up a compound for contractor Aggregate Industries – Contracting, which will carry out the works on behalf of the county council, and assess the work to be done.

Temporary traffic controls will be in place during the work on Main Street.

Signs will be in place advertising that Cockermouth is open for business during the work.

The work was timed to take place after the busy Christmas and New Year period but has led to the cancellation of the Georgian fair and the Malcolm Wilson Rally will not start from the town.

It is hoped the whole scheme can be completed by July, weather permitting.

Joe Fagan, owner of The Bush on Main Street, said: “We are going to have to contend with it but it will all be for the benefit of the town.

“I hope they will be able to allow traffic and pedestrians through at the important periods such as public holidays.

“The pressure will be kept on to get the work done within the time limits but the work has to be done and hopefully we will have no major problems when it is completed.”

Paul Cusack, owner of Cockermouth Travel, said: “We will just have to grin and bear it.

“There is nothing we can do about it and hopefully they will be able to minimise disruption because that will drive people away but I am looking forward to when it is finished.”

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