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£500k restoration work begins on Derwent riverbank

A £500,000 restoration programme to prevent further erosion of the riverbank on the River Derwent is underway.

The Cumbria County Council project is aimed at securing the land between the river and the A596.

The road began eroding in 2009 when the county was hit by large floods, and has so far lost around 30 feet.

The work will involve placing 3,000 tonnes of limestone over a 100 metre stretch between Northside and Navvies Bridge.

"We must protect the A596 from the threat of further river erosion, which is why we're making this significant investment.

"We've been working hard to deliver a long-term solution that safeguards this important road."

– Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

Motorists are being advised that there may be some disruption on the A596 with one lane temporarily closing at Northside to allow for the unloading of heavy machinery.

The project is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

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Bus attack in west Cumbria

A female passenger was injured and a bus was damaged after a stone was thrown at a Stagecoach bus on the A596.

Incident happened at 2:30pm on Saturday 9th February between Maryport and Flimby causing £500 worth of damage.

Scene of the bus attack on A596 Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the attack or who saw two youths in the area at the time.

Witnesses are asked to call 101.

Scene of the bus attack on A596 Credit: ITV Border

A596 crash

Drivers traveling to West Cumbria are facing long delays during this evening's rush hour after the A596 was blocked following a crash.

There's been no reports of serious injuries in the collation between a Ford Transit van and a Ford Mondeo Car near the Indorama factory on one of the main routes from Carlisle.

A596 death, family tribute

Mr Coulson Credit: The Coulson Family

The family of 62 year old Eric Coulson who died in a head on collision on the A596 have paid tribute to him.

A family member said on behalf of his grandchildren:

Our Granda was a truly lovely, kind man who will be missed by all his grandchildren; Polly, Jessica, Ewan, Oliver and Charlie.

His granddaughter Jessica, 18, said:

We would like Eric to be remembered as the kind, bubbly, loving gentleman he was, who always had a smile on his face and always helped others. Many, many people will miss him and we are very grateful for his help, advice and driving skills.

I, myself, appreciate everything he has ever done for me; from changing my nappy to comforting me and, obviously, getting me through my test. He was a huge tower of strength for our family and somehow, somewhere, he still will be, helping us through this hard time. Love always, Granda.”

Rachel Coulson, Eric’s daughter, said:

My dad was a very special man, a true family man who always put us first. He was honest and decent and would not harm a soul.

All the tributes to him on Facebook have been a huge comfort. He has had a harrowing few months but is at peace now. _He will be missed greatly by all that knew him_.”

Mr Coulson, 62, was driving a white Suzuki Swift on the A596 when he collided with a HGV at around 8.54am yesterday, Thursday 29 March. The HGV driver, a 45 year old man from Liverpool, was uninjured.

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A596 remains closed

The road remains closed Credit: ITV Border

The A596 is still closed following a crash at the Station Road junction in Wigton this morning.

The driver of a Suzuki Swift that crashed head on into an HGV was pronounced dead at the scene. The HGV driver was uninjured.

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