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10 May 2016

Reopening of A591

A591 reopenning

The vital A591, extensively damaged in December’s floods, will be reopened to traffic by Environment Minister Rory Stewart MP on Wednesday 11 May at 8.30am, three weeks ahead of schedule following early completion of repair works by Highways England. 

7.15am - Members of the media should approach Dunmail Raise from the Grasmere side and park at the top of the hill in the layby on southbound carriageway (not on the road itself). Any media wishing to arrive from the north (Keswick side) must contact the Cumbria County Council Communications Team in advance (01228 226329, 07500066520). Attendees will assemble and be escorted on foot to the main works site on Dunmail Raise (The Gap).

7.50am to 8.10am - Photo opportunity, including “road open” banner cutting and pupils from Grasmere Primary School.

8.10am - Agency representatives, school pupils and media move to vantage point overlooking The Gap on new multi-user bridleway track.

8.15am - Vehicle convoy sets off from foot of Dunmail Raise heading towards Grasmere, headed by Cumbria County Council vehicles, Highways England vehicles, Kier Construction vehicles, Stagecoach double-decker bus, followed by Mountain Goat bus and vintage cars from Coppermines Lakes Cottages and Lakeland Motor Museum. Convoy to pass media on Dunmail Raise.

8.20am - Convoy reaches the top of Dunmail Raise, pulls into layby. Road opened to traffic in both directions. 

8.25am - Road reopens to traffic. Opportunities for shots of traffic flowing in both directions.

8.25am to 9am - Interview opportunities with agency/stakeholder representatives - to include Rory Stewart MP, Council Leader Stewart Young and Opposition Leader James Airey,  Highways England and Lake District National Park Business Sub-Group.

Rory Stewart MP and Cumbria County Council Leader to reopen the A591, Wednesday 11th May