Cockermouth's Main Street reopens to traffic

Roadworks on Main Street, Cockermouth
Image caption The county council said the past few months had been a "tough time for the town"

A Cumbrian town's high street has fully reopened to traffic for the first time in seven months as a £1.7m roadworks scheme nears completion.

Traffic restrictions on Cockermouth's Main Street were lifted by the county council on Friday.

Larger diameter drains have been installed to make the town more resilient to flooding.

Work got under way in March and shopkeepers said it caused a 50% drop in trade.

With the Main Street area work "substantially complete", the council said attention would move to installing a new drain in High Sands Lane.

Councillor Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and transport, said it had been "a difficult scheme" with "a number of unforeseen challenges".

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