Leader's welcome for A591 re-opening

A591 opening
This mornings A591 reopening

12 May 2016

South Lakeland District Council's leader has welcomed the re-opening of the A591 as a 'tremendous relief' for the district's business community.

The Environment Minister Rory Stewart and Cumbria County Council Leader Stewart Young officially re-opened the storm-damaged A591 yesterday (Wednesday).

SLDC Leader Councillor Peter Thornton attended the opening and described the impact the road's closure has had on South Lakeland.

Councillor Thornton said that although the section of damaged road was in Allerdale district, the closure of the main route had had a huge effect on businesses in South Lakeland, particularly in Grasmere, Bowness and Windermere, especially the loss of coach trade. 

"The re-opening of the road is a tremendous relief for all those areas'' said Councillor Thornton.

The road has reopened three weeks sooner than was originally planned.

The road opening means that it is ready for the spring Bank Holiday and May half term helping to get Cumbria 'open for business' and ready for the 2016 tourism season.

Watch a video of Peter Thornton talking about the positive impact the A591 re-opening will have on South Lakeland.

Full press release about the A591 re-opening.