Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path
Latest Update from the Lake District National Park
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.
From Tuesday 27 August 2019 the route will be fully closed while on-site work activity increases, 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.
Currently we plan to close the route until works are complete in December 2020, however, we recognise the inconvenience caused by the closure and will continue to look for any opportunity to reopen sections, where it is safe, practical and efficient to do so. We hope to be able to re-open the section between Keswick Leisure Centre and Forge Lane once the bridge refurbishment and path maintenance is complete. We will continue to update the webpage and will send out regular updates throughout the project.
We ask that in the interest of public safety to please take note of the warning signs and safety fencing and to share this information with anyone you know who uses the path.
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