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£1M Cumbria port dredging complete

Dredging to clear the flood-hit Port of Workington of waste and debris has been successfully completed, Cumbria County Council has said.

The £1M project at the Port of Workington began on Christmas Day and was finished on 8 January ahead of schedule, said Cumbria County Council.

Now the work is complete the port functioning again and is capable of accepting the 10,000t dead-weight vessels following underwater checks carried out since 8 January..

Around 120,000t of debris including boulders, rocks, trees and silt was cleared as workers put in 12 hour shifts around the clock to ensure the shipping channels were cleared ahead of schedule.

The debris removed is said to be enough to fill 24 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Reducing flood impact

The dredging is part of a Cumbria County Council campaign to reduce the impact of November’s floods on businesses in West Cumbria.

At this time the overall cost of the clean-up has yet to be established by the council and the port − although a total of £5.75M was predicted.

These further repairs include work needed on the river side of the harbour at the end of Merchant’s Quay, replacing river bank supporting walls, and repairing the Old Railway footbridge and cycleway which sustained damage in the floods.

The further repairs, however, have no impact on the current operational ability of the port.

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