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UPDATE: Work completed on sinking Cumbrian road

More than 7,000 tonnes of rock and rubble were brought in Credit: ITV Border

After nine months of disruption, work has now been completed to stop a major coastal road in West Cumbria falling into the sea.

More than 7,000 tonnes of rock and rubble has been brought in to shore up the stretch linking Silloth to Cumbria's energy coast.

The new sea defence Credit: ITV Border


Sea defence will cost £320,000

Work has started to save a Cumbrian road from sinking into the sea.

The stretch of road between Maryport and Silloth has eroded by 20 metres in the past two years.

The project, costing £320,000 will see over 7,000 tonnes of material used to build a new sea defence.

Work has begun on building the new sea defence Credit: ITV Border
Around 7,000 tonnes of material is needed to build the defence Credit: ITV Border

Road being saved from coastal erosion

Work has begun to stop part of a Cumbrian road disappearing into the sea.

The 280 metre stretch of the Maryport to Silloth Road will be wrapped in a rock armour to prevent further erosion.

Due to the natural coastal erosion caused by it's proximity to the Solway Firth, around 20 metres of the road has worn away in the past two years.

Cumbria County Council habe approved the £320,000 funding for the project, which will see a new defence built from around 7,000 tonnes of stone and other material.

The road is expected to remain open to traffic while the work is underway under a single-lane traffic system.