The A591 is the only major route through the central Lake District and is therefore vital for both local residents and for tourism in the area. A 3 mile section of the road was left completely impassable after it collapsed following flooding as a result of Storm Desmond. Cumbria County Council were keen to identify a new route quickly in order to restore the vital school bus service and to introduce a shuttle bus for local residents, whilst road repairs got underway.
span Compact 200
months in place
A new route, essentially a forest track, was identified. This route was wide enough for a small bus but not general traffic but it crossed rivers at two points. Two temporary bridges were needed to create a reliable, passable route for the school bus and the shuttle bus.
Working with Thomas Armstrong Group, we installed a 24 metre span Compact 200 vehicle bridge and a 12 metre span Quickbridge on the route turning the rough track into an essential link for both the school and shuttle bus services. The A591 was fully reopened five months later.
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