Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse.
Update 20 August 2019
Closure of route as work progresses
Storm Desmond caused extensive damage to the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path – repairing and recreating a high quality trail has given us a number of complex challenges to address over the last three years, including the logistics of site access to carry out the construction work.
Due to site restrictions, access for vehicles and machinery is extremely limited and our contractor has had to design and construct temporary access and storage compounds at locations between Keswick and Threlkeld, including Keswick Station. Due to site restraints the actual railway track bed will be used by workers, plant and machinery to access and undertake work throughout the length of the route.
We are aware of how important the path is locally for a variety of people – dog walking, family cycling, access to the wider fells, park runs, commuting and as an alternative route to school. And we know that closing the path will cause inconvenience, but we need to keep people safe while the work is ongoing and want to ensure that it is completed by December 2020.
Our original intention was to try to keep some path sections open whilst the work progressed, however, the last few weeks has presented us with many challenges for practical site management and it is now clear that a full route closure is needed while the work is undertaken.
From Tuesday 27 August 2019 the on-site work activity will increase including the frequency and volume of machinery moving materials onto the site and particularly at Keswick Station. It was inevitable that this section of route would have to close and the entire work site will be subject to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, which govern how a construction site must be managed to protect workers and anyone the work affects from harm. The health and safety of the site will be the responsibility of our contractor – Cubby Ltd.
As the work progresses we will review the closure periodically to look for any opportunity to reopen sections, where it is safe, practical and efficient to do so. We will continue to update the webpage and will sent out regular newsletters throughout the project.
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Rawsome Bridge was left severely damaged and remains risk of collapse, it is important people do not attempt to cross this bridge for their own safety.
We are committed to working with the community, landowners, businesses and other local organisations to reconnect the route between Keswick and Threlkeld for the enjoyment of walkers, cyclists and those with limited mobility. Due to the extensive scale of the damage it is estimated that this could take up to two years. In the interest of public safety we have closed off all damaged and missing bridges and we ask everyone to take note of the warning signs and not to remove any of the safety fencing or notices.
You will find information panels near the path indicating where alternative routes are available, including the new Brundholme Woods permitted path for walkers.
We are now working to develop plans for reconnecting the route at locations where the bridges are missing or damaged. We will keep the public updated by sharing project information, including the information presented at the public meetings held by Capita in January 2017.
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