A West Cumbrian coast road has been shut until further notice after inspectors found it was dangerously close to the sea.

Cumbria County Council highways inspectors visited the B5300 between Maryport and Silloth this afternoon following concerns about coastal erosion creeping ever closer to the carriageway.


A council spokesman confirmed it had been forced to close the road in the interests of public safety.

Cumbria Highways bosses are now working to implement a formal diversion route and explore longer-term solutions.