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Lamplugh Road to be closed for water pipeline work

United Utilities’ £300m West Cumbria water supplies project is continuing on schedule.

There will be a temporary road closure on Lamplugh Road, Cockermouth, for around two weeks from Monday 22 October, to allow a section of water pipe that runs across the road to be replaced.  The closure will be near the junction with Parkside Avenue and a diversion route will be clearly marked.

At the same time, preparations are under way for the pipeline tunnel beneath the A66 and the River Derwent at the Papcastle roundabout. Cranes mark the spot where engineers are beginning the job of sinking two deep shafts, one on each side of the road and river.  These shafts will be used to launch and recover the tunnel boring machine that will be used to dig the tunnel.

Meanwhile, work is also soon to start on the new water pumping station off Ellerbeck Brow.

United Utilities is holding a public drop-in session at The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth, CA13 0EJ on Thursday 11 October between 3pm and 6.30pm.

The project team will be on hand to update residents on the pipeline project and answer any questions.

The £300m West Cumbria Water Supplies project will bring more reliable and sustainable water supplies into Allerdale and Copeland.  The scheme will link the area to Thirlmere Reservoir, and involves the construction of 100km of new pipeline, a new treatment plant at Williamsgate, two new pumping stations and two new underground service reservoirs. The project started in Spring 2017 and will be completed by 2022.

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