MAJOR works have begun on the Langwathby Bridge, as it sets to remain closed up until late September. 

The £480,000 improvement work being led by Cumbria County Council will also see the resurfacing the A686 leading up to it through the village of Langwathby.

The work commenced on July 25 and will see the road closed at Langwathby Bridge to the Shepherds Inn until September 23. 

Cumbria Highways have provided an update on the progess of the works, whilst thanking those in the surrounding area for their patience. 

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This week, stud welding started on the bridge itself with 30 tonnes of surfacing and 90 cubic metres of concrete have been removed from underneath the bridge itself - with 3,082 metres squared of road surfacing also being removed. 

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Claire Driver, Cumbria County Councillor for Alston and East Fellside said:"The essential works on the bridge which will last around eight-weeks have been programmed to run in parallel with the road works through the village to avoid separate closures of eight and four-week periods at a later date. Whilst there is never a good time to close a road, our contractors have to work around the environmental window for river works and also when the weather is better to help the material to cure.

"I would like to thank residents, businesses and visitors in advance for their patience and co-operation whilst this work is carried out which will greatly improve the road surface condition for many years to come," she said. 

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