Prime Minister David Cameron visited Grasmere this morning to announce a £3million funding package to help repair the Lake District following the damage of the floods.
Local MP Tim Farron has criticised this as being “woefully inadequate” and highlighted the absence of commitment to reopen the A591 before the end of May.
If the road remains closed until May, it is expected to cost the local economy around £100 million.
Tim Farron points out that when the Dawlish railway line in the South-West flooded in 2014, a 300-strong Network Rail team rebuilt the track at a cost of £35m in just over 50 days.
In Cumbria, 53 days have already passed since the A591 was first destroyed.
When I heard that the Prime Minister was coming, I was genuinely hopeful that this would bring good news for the area. However, instead of bringing his cheque book, he seems only to have remembered his small change.