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The Gallery | A591 bridge repairs

Images have been released of work to repair a Lake District bridge closed since December’s floods.

Highways England published photos of the Kier-led project at Hollin Brow bridge as part of a broader scheme to reopen a section of the A591.

An arch has been completed and work is well underway on a retaining wall, ahead of a new road surface being laid on top of the crossing.

Highways England was brought in by the government to repair and reopen the damaged section of the A591, and work started last month.

The Lake District tourist route connects Grasmere and Keswick, but has been closed between Dunmail Raise and St Johns in the Vale since December following the impact of storms Desmond and Eva.

Highways England senior project manager Chris Holehouse said: “Our contractors are making really good progress along the A591, and are continuing to work seven days a week so that the road can reopen as soon as possible.

“The repairs that are being carried out on Hollin Brow bridge will direct storm water from the hills into Thirlmere reservoir, as well as ensuring the bridge can take the weight of vehicles travelling over it.

“Work is also well underway on a new retaining wall along a 100m stretch of the A591 at Dunmail Raise that was washed away in the storms.”

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