1. ITV Report

Eroded coastal road reopens after months of disruption

A road that was forced to close due to coastal erosion has reopened after months of disruption.

Major repair works were needed to protect the B5300 at Dubmill Point between Silloth and Allonby, in Cumbria.

The sand cliffs next to the popular route were rapidly wearing away and caused the carriageway to be dangerously close to collapsing into the sea.

A mile-long section had to be closed back in February for public safety.

The detour - just over six miles - caused concern for local businesses who rely on tourists passing through the area.

An estimate of around 7,500 tonnes of rock was used to ensure the road does not erode away with the sea tide.

The new rock armour protection is designed to absorb wave energy which would otherwise rapidly erode the sand cliffs.

The county council has carried out these essential repairs to protect the road from the imminent threat of coastal erosion. I’d like to thank our highways teams and our contractor for the magnificent work they’ve done over the past eight weeks, working long hours in the wind and rain.

This has been a challenging operation, working on an environmentally sensitive site, and the result is a massive improvement. I’d like to thank local residents, the travelling public and businesses for their patience while this work has been carried out.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport