Investigation into flood-hit A595 in Cumbria

An investigation is to begin into how flooding can be reduced along a section of the A595 near Whitehaven in Cumbria.

The work, which includes cleaning and surveying the drainage system, will focus on a 0.5 mile (800 metre) stretch of the road around Bigrigg.

The road has been affected by recent heavy rainfall, which has resulted in large areas of standing water.

The Highways Agency project will consider renewing or repairing the roadside drainage system.

Work is expected to begin on 7 January and last up to 15 days.

'Important work'

Drivers have been assured any work will be confined to off-peak periods between 09:30 GMT and 14:30 GMT.

The survey work will move along the route in phases but, as it is taking place alongside a single carriageway section, traffic will be managed past the works by temporary traffic lights.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "This is important work to identify the cause of occasional flooding along this section of the A595 and help us come up with a solution.

"We have timed the work to take place during an off-peak period during the day when traffic levels are low.

"We will be doing our best to ensure any inconvenience to drivers and residents is kept to a minimum."

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