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Temporary bridges reconnect flood hit Cumbria

Thirlmere, Cumbria

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.

People crossing bridge at Thirlmere
24m

span Compact 200

12m

span Quickbridge

5

months in place

Overview

Major road left impassable following flooding
Alternative route identified which crossed rivers at two points
Two temporary bridges installed, providing vital access

Products used on this project

The challenge

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.

Our solution

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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