An MP has called for urgent action to tackle the erosion on a west Cumbrian coastal road.

Mark Jenkinson, who represents the Workington constituency, has said he’s “deeply concerned” about the future of the B5300 that runs between Maryport and Silloth.

Mr Jenkinson said: “Communities I’ve spoken to up and down the road are concerned.

“It is highly likely that it will need months of repair.

“My concern is, in the medium to long-term, the council is going to let the road go to rack and ruin before they build another.

“We have procrastinated for years now, in my consideration we should not sacrifice the road because that will sacrifice some of the communities - there needs to be work done quickly to protect it.”

His comments came yesterday, as the road was closed once again following flooding earlier in the week.

The B5300 was shut both ways between Moss Lane, in Allonby, and the B5301 Greenow Corner, Silloth because of debris left by "higher than usual tides".

Mr Jenkinson added that it was a priority in his correspondence with Government departments.

In response, councillor Keith Little, county council cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “This has been going on for 30 to 40 years.

“Rather than complaining, Mr Jenkinson could try supporting the county council to get much needed funding.

“The road is a major piece of infrastructure supporting the village of Allonby, the town of Silloth and all the other areas.

“The council’s spent millions on the road recently, even while facing austerity. We will do everything possible to help communities.”

Last year the road was closed for several months following fears over coastal erosion.