Timeline Phase 3: 2018 - December 2020

Permanent reconnection including options, design, costing and construction for cyclists and walkers.

Undertake the construction of a new trail to meet user needs, incorporates resilience and is durable and cost effective to maintain.

December 2018:

We announced a £7.9million funding package had been secured, allowing us to start construction

January – March 2019:

Construction planning

February to July 2019 - Planning Applications secured

6 February 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2017 approvals for condition no. 3 (Phasing Plan); condition no. 4 (Construction Management Plan); condition no.5 (Arboricultural Method Statement) and condition no. 7 (Construction Traffic Management Plan)

28 March 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2075 approvals for condition 3 relating to phasing plan for construction works

9 April 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2082 approvals for conditions 4 (construction management plan), 5 (arboricultural method statement) and 7 (construction traffic management plan) for Phase 2a of works (Access and compound areas)

2 August 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2189 approvals for condition 5 (arboricultural method statement)

6 August 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2190 approvals for conditions 4 (construction management plan) and 7 (construction traffic management plan) - Phase 7a

7 August 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2193 approvals for conditions 4 (construction management plan) and 7 (construction traffic management plan) - Phase 7b

10 July 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2165 approvals for conditions 4 (construction management plan) and 7 (construction traffic management plan) relating to Phases 3, 5 and 8

25 July 2019:

Planning application 7/2019/2178 approvals for conditions 4 (construction management plan) and 7(construction traffic management plan) - Phase 6

April 2019:

Construction programme began, including the creation of site compounds and access tracks.

August 2019:

Route closure and hand management of the site over to construction partners, Capita and Cubby’s.

September 2019:

Further assessment of surface options following Keswick Town Council raise concerns about tarmac. Assessment considers – users, environmental aspects, durability, capital cost and maintenance costs. Conclusion confirmed a sealed tarmac surface is most suitable.

September 2019 to November 2020:

Big tunnel excavation. All works to the tunnel including extension and stonework completed by April 2020.

September 2019 to November 2019, completed April 2020:

Structural work to abutments and revetments Low Pearson’s Bridge and Brundholme Bridge

September to December 2019:

Construction of a graded path near Threlkeld to increase accessibility for all users.

October 2019 to December 2020:

Path maintenance and surfacing in sections.

September 2019 to December 2020:

Shot blasting, repairs to a number of bridge structures and painting. For the bridges requiring strengthening or associated work within the River Greta work has to be carried out during the Environment Agency’s statutory ‘in river’ working period which is approximately the summer months. Some work has be done up to October 2019 and more work will re-commence in June 2020 and is expected to be completed in August 2020.

By September 2020:

Construction of a new section of trail at Brundholme Bottoms to replace 200 metres washed away during floods Bank stabilisation and protection works using soft-engineering methods.

By November 2020:

Works to secure and repair Rawsome’s Bridge will be complete.

Autumn 2019 and Autumn 2020:

Over 1500 trees will be planted. For every one tree removed or cut back during construction, three will be planted.

December 2020:

Complete construction and the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail will be open.

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