One of the main roads through the Lake District will be closed for six weeks. The B5289, which skirts along the east of Derwent Water and is the main access road for communities along Borrowdale including Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller, is shut.
Cumbria Highways Engineers say need to carry out structural repairs to a retaining wall that stops the roadway from collapsing into the lake. Residents and businesses will face a detour across Honister Pass which can get blocked by snow and ice in winter.
Barry Surtees from Honister Slate Mine said it would affect his business by stopping lorries from using the Borrowdale route to collect slate. He also criticised the council for a lack of notice claiming he had not had any communications from Cumbria County Council directly.
"We appreciate that this is a popular, well-known road work on the retaining wall and keep one lane open, we now know that this cannot be done safely.
"We will pull out all the stops to get the work done as soon as we can and keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind as this will help with the time it takes.”
– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways
A parish council in Cumbria fears that the Tour of Britain route may have to be diverted away from the north Lakes, due to "appalling" road surfaces.
Borrowdale parish council are now writing to Cumbria County Council and its Highway department, along with the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Tourism and local MPs to bring attention to what they describe as dangerous road conditions.
Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the B5289 Borrowdale road when the event runs from Honister Pass to Keswick during the Carlisle to Windermere stage on 16th September.
A CLIMBER from Newcastle was taken to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance with serious back and leg injuries after falling in the Lake District.
The man was rescued by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team after falling 15 metres when attempting a climb on Shepherds Cragg, Borrowdale.
A spokesman for the GNAA said: "Aircrew Paramedics assessed and treated the patient for injuries and Keswick MRT extricated the patient from the bottom of the cragg to the helicopter. The patient was flown to hospital."
The man is recovering at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.