CUMBRIA County Council (CCC) is set to spend around £380,000 on repairs to the A591 at Ambleside.

Resurfacing works for a stretch of road from Waterhead traffic lights leading south to Stagshaw are scheduled to begin on November 4. It is estimated they will take around two weeks, dependent on weather.

A CCC spokesperson said that, due to the narrow width of this section of road, it would be necessary to close it while work is taking place.

The project will involve resurfacing, carriageway reconstruction and associated works and repainting road markings.

From Monday, November 4, it will be closed for two weeks between 6.30pm and 1am on weeknights only, with no works or closures planned over the weekends. 

Vehicles will not be able to travel on the A591 between Ambleside and Windermere during the closure periods.

A signed diversion via the A592, A590, A5092 and A593 will be in place at these times. The road will re-open to two-way traffic at the end of each shift, and a way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained throughout.

Following a request from the community, the road will remain open on the evening of Friday November, 15, ahead of the Ambleside Christmas lights switch-on event the following day.

Councillor Keith Little, CCC Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “The condition of this road has deteriorated significantly and the county council will be putting in a new surface so road users can enjoy a safe and smooth journey.

"Unfortunately, this section of the A591 is quite narrow so we will need to temporarily close the road at night to enable our contractor to safely carry out this work.

“The county council recognises the A591 is one of Cumbria’s busiest roads so we have tried to minimise the impact of the road closure by arranging for these works to take place during off-peak night-time hours.

"However, we appreciate there will still be some disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience and would ask people to plan ahead for their journeys during this period.”