A591 to reopen by the end of May

A591 to reopen by the end of May

The storm-damaged A591 in the Lake District should reopen by the end of May, claims Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Highways England will oversee repair work on a three-mile stretch between St Johns in the Vale and Dunmail Raise, which has been closed since December.

Storms Desmond and Eva caused significant damage to the road, with a section at Dunmail Raise washed away after flooding.

Mr McLoughlin says restoring the A591 is vital to get Cumbria back on its feet. Tourism in the region is suffering in the wake of the adverse weather, especially in the Lake District, while local residents are enduring longer journey times as they seek alternative routes from A to B.

Highways England is currently working on a survey to identify if any additional work, separate to the repair at Dunmail Raise, is needed to allow the road to be fully reinstated.

Repair work is scheduled to begin once these assessments have been carried out.

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