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'Phenomenal difference' for businesses as A591 opens

Heaton Cooper Studio Credit: Heaton Cooper Studio

The re-opening of a flood-damaged Lake District road has made a "phenomenal difference" to businesses, local communities have told ITV Border.

Becky Heaton Cooper, who runs the Heaton Cooper Studio and art gallery in Grasmere, says her business was hit hard by the five month closure of the A591.

But she says the re-opening of the road has given her business an immediate boost.

There has been a phenomenal difference. It's like someone has turned a light back on.

– Becky Heaton Cooper



A591 to reopen with support from Environment Secretary

The A591 between Grasmere and Keswick Credit: ITV Border

The Environment Secretary has pledged the government will support county council efforts to get the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick reopened as soon as possible.

Thousands of tonnes of debris were removed from the road by the army earlier this week but it remains closed.

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