Cumbria

Workington River Derwent erosion work complete

  • 3 December 2013
  • From the section Cumbria
Riverbank erosion at Northside, prior to works starting on site
A 328ft (100m) section of the north bank of the River Derwent was under threat from erosion
Riverbank protection work nearing completion, pictured is a section of the rock 'armour'
About 3,000 tonnes of limestone blocks were placed 20ft (6m) high to shore up the riverbank

Work on a £500,000 scheme to protect land in Workington from riverbank erosion has been completed.

Cumbria County Council carried out work to strengthen a 330ft (100m) section of the north bank of the River Derwent close to the A596 Northside Road.

About 3,000 tonnes of limestone blocks were placed 20ft (6m) high to shore up the riverbank, the council said.

A spokesman for the council said it was "vital" to carry out the work to protect the highway from erosion.

The project was completed in 20 weeks, the council said.

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