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Slope issues may close Cumbria road “for months”

Ongoing slope stability issues following Storm Emma and the cold weather in early March mean that a road closure in Cumbria could remain in place for months.

Landowner United Utilities has said that Cumbria County Council has closed the road to the west of Thirlmere reservoir due to concerns over public safety from fallen trees and ground movement.

United Utilities has said that the closure is essential to allow it to assesses how best to stabilise the slopes above the road and remove the many tonnes of timber that were brought down by the high winds.

“The damage is shocking,” said United Utilities north area catchment manager Paul Phillips. “Not only have a lot of large trees come down, but this has also destabilised the slopes and there is a lot of loose soil and boulders as well as damage to walls and fences.

“It is now extremely dangerous to access this area so we need to undertake some major recovery work before it’s safe for the public to walk there again.

“Due to the size of the fallen trees, the steep slopes and the limited space available on the narrow road we’ve been working with the council to plan how best to make the area safe. There’s no option but to close the road unfortunately. I think we will be looking at months of work, not weeks.”


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