The Challenge:

Working in volatile conditions, including at height and adjacent to and over water, to clear and repair and repair a severely damaged 4km section of the A591, a key Cumbrian arterial highway, adjacent to the lower slopes of Helvellyn and Thirlmere, as well as reinstating a 120m section of the road that was almost washed away at Dunmail Raise.

The road was damaged in December 2015, when Cumbria was hit by an unprecedented series of severe weather events including the 1-in-1300 years Storm Desmond, causing flooding and severe structural damage.

The Solution:

Highways England appointed Kier Highways to engage key local supply chain partner Cubby Construction and together we developed a viable design solution that was delivered with an unblemished safety record, within budget and ahead of schedule. The A591 connects the local communities of Keswick and Grasmere and links the north and south lakes so a speedy repair was crucial to Cumbria’s economy.

The Impact:

The connection between the north and south Lakes was restored three weeks early – welcome news to communities across Cumbria and tourists who visit the Lake District National Park. The route was officially re-opened by HRH Prince of Wales and handed back to Cumbria County Council in May 2016.

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