The Lake District National Park are pleased to announce that Cubby Construction Limited will be undertaking the work to create a the new multi-user trail between Keswick and Threlkeld along the old railway line.
The first practical works required will be for site access and groundworks preparation; beginning with scrub and tree clearance at the Threlkeld end and around the “Big tunnel” under the A66 flyover, near Keswick.
These works will hopefully start in the week commencing 11 February 2019 and will be completed by the end of March. Prior to removing the trees and other vegetation an ecologist will assess the area and a method of working will be prepared and used to mitigate disturbance to wildlife, including red squirrels, birds and bats.
These sections of the route must be closed during works to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected. There will be some inconvenience and disruption due to restricted access along the current path – please observe on-site notices, safety barriers and look out for updates about access on our website.
A detailed programme of the construction work to create the new trail is currently being prepared for the whole build period up to autumn 2020. Initial further activity on and adjacent to the trail will include the creation of site access routes and site storage compounds. This type of work is expected to be rolled out from April onwards and may well include further restrictions to public access.
Please visit the Lake District National Park‘s website for further information as it develops and for details of any path and site closures.
Photo shows: key partners gathered at Brundholme last year to mark the funding announcement, along with some of the locals who are looking forward to the trail being reconnected.
Source: Lake District National Park