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Old September 5th, 2019, 06:31 PM   #741
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More roadworks coming soon. This time it is the A686 to the west of Alston which is being dealt with, starting on 23rd September and lasting for 3 weeks with a full road closure during working hours (8am to 6pm). no mention on the press release of the what the diversions will be - it is a long way round of only A roads are used.

From a Cumbria County Council press release:

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£470,000 resurfacing works to commence at Meathaw Hill, Alston

Cumbria County Council is carrying out a major resurfacing project on the A686 at Meathaw Hill near Alston. The works, valued at £470,000 will commence from Monday 23 September. The works will take approximately three weeks to complete and require a full road closure during working hours.

The works are programmed to take place between 8am and 6pm seven days a week throughout the three week schedule. The road will be closed to all traffic between these hours.
More details at https://news.cumbria.gov.uk/News/201...rksalston.aspx
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Old September 6th, 2019, 01:41 PM   #742
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Gooseholme Bridge, Kendal

Apparently a contribution of £260,000 towards the cost of the new Gooseholme Bridge has been made by the charity Sustrans, the money coming from a grant made by the DfT.

Quite why the money could not have been given directly to the County Council from the DfT is a mystery to me. Cutting out the middleman is usually a good policy.

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£260,000 towards Gooseholme bridge rebuild

The walking and cycling charity Sustrans has secured £260,000 in funding from the Department for Transport to contribute to the rebuild of Gooseholme footbridge in Kendal.

The DfT funding is part of a £20 million funding package for Sustrans to make improvements to the National Cycle Network across England.

The DfT money supports the £1.65m bridge project funded and delivered by Cumbria County Council as part of its Infrastructure Recovery Programme. Other funders include the Environment Agency and South Lakeland District Council.
More at https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/09...ridge-rebuild/
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Old September 6th, 2019, 04:44 PM   #743
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Another update from the County Council, at http://www.yourcumbria.org/News/2019...leyBridge.aspx

Apparently things are progressing on schedule so far. Possibly the only new information is that in the second week of September there will be no pedestrian bridge available whilst the temporary footbridge is installed.
Latest update from the County Council is that the installation of the temporary footbridge will begin on 9th September and from this date until some point in Spring 2020 there will be no vehicle access across the river. There is no indication of how long it will be before pedestrian access is restored.

http://www.yourcumbria.org/News/2018...enextweek.aspx
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Latest update from the County Council is that the installation of the temporary footbridge will begin on 9th September and from this date until some point in Spring 2020 there will be no vehicle access across the river. There is no indication of how long it will be before pedestrian access is restored.

http://www.yourcumbria.org/News/2018...enextweek.aspx

There will be quite a lot of disruption while Construction takes place,---but' --at least pedestrians will be able to cross,----cheers.
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Old September 10th, 2019, 11:19 AM   #745
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Plans to electrify Lakes Lane put to Government


A BID has been put forward to the Department for Transport to electrify the Lakes Line.

The Campaign to Electrify Britain's Railways has agreed to draw up a plan which should allow more direct services from Windermere to Manchester.

Previous plans to electrify the line were axed in 2017 and since then South Lakes MP Tim Farron has met with rail bosses, ministers and engineers to get plans on track.

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Old September 11th, 2019, 10:27 AM   #746
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This from the News & Star,--


New bus revives a village's community spirit


Moor Row residents say the community spirit has been brought back to the village following the reintroduction of a bus service.

The route was stopped four years ago, but this month coach company Reays once again made the service a reality.

Councillor Graham Calvin and Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Copeland Tony Lywood have been working with Nicola Reay and Kerrie Allison at Reays.

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Old September 12th, 2019, 06:06 PM   #747
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The works on Victoria Place have finally finished, with the 14 week closure having been just over 27 weeks. There is still work going on on Warwick Road near Brunton Park with temporary traffic lights, however.
And the lights on Warwick Road have finally gone! Took me by surprise this morning as got to my shop rather quicker than I am used to.

Unfortunately gas main works are currently causing long delays on Eastern Way, not too far away from Warwick Road and where I live. At least these works seem to be progressing rapidly, the lights having moved several times already in the few weeks they have been in operation.
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Old September 13th, 2019, 10:05 AM   #748
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This from the News & Star,--


Bransty Row improvement works progress


Works are moving forward on a £2.5m highways improvement scheme for Whitehaven.

Cumbria County Council is delivering the project to reconfigure the road junction at Bransty Row / North Shore Road.

The scheme will create an enhanced entrance into Whitehaven as well as easing congestion, improving traffic flow and enhancing road safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...orks-progress/
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Old September 17th, 2019, 10:03 AM   #749
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Section of South Lakes road to close for around 12 days


A section of the C5026 Lakeside to High Stott, near Finsthwaite, will be temporarily closed for carriageway works from September 23 for approximately 12 days.

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Old September 17th, 2019, 05:57 PM   #750
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Pooley Bridge

Another Pooley Bridge update, this time from the News & Star. It seems strange that there has not been a County Council press release about this. Plenty of detail and images of the steel bridge in the report.

It is not really the start of the project, given how much planning and preparation on the ground there has already been, but I suppose it is the first visible sign of something tangible happening.

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Bridging the gap: £5m project starts to rebuild 'vital link' at Pooley Bridge

The £5million scheme, which saw cranes lifting the temporary metal structure out of its semi-permanent home over the river Eamont on Monday, will soon see the creation of a new bridge, made out of stainless steel.

In addition to the works, project coordinators have highlighted the stainless steel bridge is the first structure of its kind in the country.

A new temporary footbridge will be installed this week to ensure walkers, and tourists arriving from the steamer, still have access to the town.
Full story at https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...roject-starts/
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Old September 20th, 2019, 09:24 AM   #751
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This from the News & Star,---


Cumbrian transport concerns raised with top government minister


A PROPOSAL to re-route traffic along the A689 instead of the A69 has moved a step closer, with the Secretary of State for Transport publicly backing the plan.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson met with the transport minister Grant Shapps to put forward the case for directing more traffic along the more northerly Carlisle to Brampton route, in a bid to improve the safety of the A69.

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Old September 20th, 2019, 01:06 PM   #752
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Sending traffic along the A689 from Brampton to Junction 44 of the M6 is entirely sensible, as the A69 from Brampton to Carlisle passes through built up areas and has a narrow bridge with a tight corner at one end. Renumbering the A689 to A69 might also make it more obvious that it is the major road as well.

A lot of the through traffic already goes via the A689 if it heading for Scotland via the M74 or West Cumbria via the Carlisle western by-pass. For traffic heading south along the M6 the A689 is a long way round, so improvements to the current A69 might be beneficial, although I can't really see where anything could be done without major expenditure.
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Old September 20th, 2019, 03:53 PM   #753
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Demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to start next week and take up to six weeks.

From a Cumbria County Council press release:

"Key milestone for Gooseholme bridge replacement project

The exciting project to replace Gooseholme Bridge in Kendal will reach a key milestone next week when work starts on the removal of the current storm-damaged structure.

Removing the bridge during the period when construction activities are permitted in the watercourse, is key to enabling the construction of the new bridge in 2020.

The new bridge will have no piers or other obstruction in the river and will tie in with the Environment Agency Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Story Contracting has been appointed as the contractor to remove the footbridge. Demolition work is scheduled to start on site on Tuesday 27 August and is expected to last approximately six weeks.

It is intended to salvage as much material from the bridge for use elsewhere in Cumbria and the local area. Any salvageable timber will be used by the Public Right of Way Team in footbridges around the county and the curved ends of the piers we are considering using as bench ends within the Kendal area."


Full press release with images at https://news.cumbria.gov.uk/News/201...lmebridge.aspx
It would seem that demolition of Gooseholme Bridge took less than six weeks. I was in Kendal last Wednesday (18th Sept) and it has all gone (apart from the bases of the piers)





On the New Common is an information board with history of the bridge and the planned replacement. This was a bit awkward to photograph with the lens I had on my camera - any further back and I would have been over the railings and into the river

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Old September 23rd, 2019, 10:32 AM   #754
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Anger at axeing of bus services in South Cumbria


CUTS to bus services in a rural part of South Cumbria have sparked a wave of concern, particularly in Levens which could be effectively cut off from the public transport network.

Bus company Stagecoach has announced that from October 27, they will be withdrawing their 552 service from Arnside to Kendal via Milnthorpe and Hincaster, and also the 530 from Cartmel to Kendal via Levens.

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Old September 24th, 2019, 08:19 PM   #755
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And the lights on Warwick Road have finally gone! Took me by surprise this morning as got to my shop rather quicker than I am used to.

Unfortunately gas main works are currently causing long delays on Eastern Way, not too far away from Warwick Road and where I live. At least these works seem to be progressing rapidly, the lights having moved several times already in the few weeks they have been in operation.
And....travelling home this afternoon I note that signs are up that more work is going to start around the Warwick Road/Greystone Road junction . Waterworks again, starting on 6th October and lasting for 6 weeks
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This from the News & Star,--


A7 in Longtown partly reopened after bridge safety worries


The A7 through Longtown remains partly closed this evening after a section of the town's main bridge collapsed today.

A section of the south side of Longtown Bridge collapsed, prompting police to put in place an emergency closure of the road across it while engineers checked to see how safe it was.

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Sending traffic along the A689 from Brampton to Junction 44 of the M6 is entirely sensible, as the A69 from Brampton to Carlisle passes through built up areas and has a narrow bridge with a tight corner at one end. Renumbering the A689 to A69 might also make it more obvious that it is the major road as well.

A lot of the through traffic already goes via the A689 if it heading for Scotland via the M74 or West Cumbria via the Carlisle western by-pass. For traffic heading south along the M6 the A689 is a long way round, so improvements to the current A69 might be beneficial, although I can't really see where anything could be done without major expenditure.
I think the answer is a by pass of Warwick Bridge and taking out some of the bends on the A69. The A69 should remain as the number of the current from Brampton to Carlisle city centre as it is a more direct route to the football ground, the auction mart and the shopping area near the M6.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 10:57 PM   #758
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Latest update from the County Council is that the installation of the temporary footbridge will begin on 9th September and from this date until some point in Spring 2020 there will be no vehicle access across the river. There is no indication of how long it will be before pedestrian access is restored.

http://www.yourcumbria.org/News/2018...enextweek.aspx
Latest news from the County Council is a bit mundane, the press release merely informing us that an "information hub" with details of the new bridge has opened in Pooley Bridge

https://news.cumbria.gov.uk/News/201...mationhub.aspx
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This from the News & Star,---


Bypass set to be closed overnight from Monday


Full closures of the A66 Stainburn bypass will start overnight from Monday as roadworks continue.

Highways England are entering a new phase of their work to improve junctions and deliver environmental improvements along the A66 between Cockermouth and Workington.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...rnight-monday/
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Levens road to close for a week for repairs


A LEVENS road will be closed next month due to repairs.

The U5615 Underhill will be temporarily shut for a week from November 4 to enable Cumbria County Council to carry out repair works to a retaining wall.

The section of the road should re-open within a week.

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