Floods Minister and local MP Rory Stewart says the re-opening of the A591 shows that Cumbria is very much "open for business".
The major Lake District route had been closed since the Storm Desmond floods on 5 December.
But the MP for Penrith and the Border says there's plenty more work to do, with a £10 million flood defence repair programme underway.
The work to open the A591 early shows how we are standing firmly behind communities hit by December's flooding with investment in infrastructure, new flood defences and promoting the region across the world. I am delighted Highways England has managed to do this at such high quality in very difficult circumstances.
We are showing the country, and the world, that Cumbria and the Lake District are back open for business.
Get all the facts and figures behind Highways England's work to repair the A591 between Keswick and Grasmere.Read the full story ›
The flood-hit A591 has now re-opened, connecting the north and south of the Lake District.Read the full story ›
Watch dash cam footage from a mountain rescue team's land rover as it wades through the flooded A591 during December's storms.Read the full story ›
The A591 had been closed since large parts of it were destroyed by Storm Desmond in December. It re-opened today, three weeks early.Read the full story ›
The major Lake District road will open ahead of schedule.Read the full story ›
A tapir born at the Lake District Wildlife Park is preparing to leave Cumbria for pastures new.
Alvez is heading off to a breeding programme in the United Arab Emirates in a few weeks time. He's one of a family of four Brazilian tapirs at the Lake District Wildlife Park.
The three-year-old is the first calf of his mum and dad Muffin and Rio, and has a younger brother Zico, born in 2015.
There are four species of Tapirs in Central and South America and South-East Asia. All Tapirs are in decline and their plight is symbolic of the wider threat to their natural habitat in the rain forests. It's hoped that the breeding programme will mean Alvez will soon have a family of his own.
Keeper Leanne Harrington has been looking after the Tapir family since Alvez was only a matter of weeks old. She said:
Alvez was quite a Mummy's boy when he was younger, sticking close by for a long time. Now he has minutes of madness, running around his enclosure. In contrast his little brother is very independent already.
Alvez is quite tolerant of his brother who has a cheeky habit of nipping his older brothers' ankles. They both love having their backs scratched which is great for park guests taking part in Keeper Experiences."
Around 500 people donned head torches and scaled Catbells at night to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.Read the full story ›
A woman has been taken to hospital after being helped by mountain rescue in the Lake District.
The 57-year-old suffered from pains indicating a potential heart problem while on Buttermere lake shore path on Saturday. Fourteen members from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team came to her aid along with air and land ambulance services.
The lady was treated at the scene before being transported to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
A man has been airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary after falling 100ft in the Lake District.Read the full story ›