Plans, projects and improvements

The asset management strategy, our annual maintenance and road surface dressing programme, the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project, replacing gas pipes, A592 and A684 safety improvements, Langwathby Bridge.

Safer roads - A592

In Summer 2018, the Council were granted £7.4 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) to upgrade and improve the safety of the A592 from Windermere to the A66 near Rheged.

Since 2018, the Council has undertaken extensive survey works on the A592 route to identify where and how best to invest the funding in the highway and to improve road safety.

Following design development work, a number of individual resurfacing schemes have now been completed in 2022, including the latest work from Brackenrigg to Waterfoot Junction which will now be completed late January 2023 owing to poor weather conditions.

Kirkstone Pass Works

The next key stage of work on the A592 route between Windermere and Rheged will be the works on Kirkstone Pass.  These are planned to commence in early February 2023 and are expected to last for over 12 months with completion programmed for March 2024.  This is by the far the most challenging aspect of the planned work on the A592 owing to the location, the geography, the steepness of the route and the susceptibility to weather conditions.

The duration and timescale for completion of all the proposed works on Kirkstone Pass takes account of the scope, the scale and complexity.  The planned completion date will also be subject to the progress made and not being significantly affected by adverse weather.  Further details are provided in FaQPs (see below).

The below maps highlight the location of the planned work:

Kirkstone Pass Works map

Scheme extent using what3words:
Start of A592 works (north end): Brother’s Water: desktop.activates.risks
End of A592 works (south end): Hird Wood: sapping.pinches.myth

Frequently Asked Questions and Points (FaQPs) 

A592 Kirkstone Pass - Patterdale to Troutbeck FAQs (PDF 179KB)

Road Closure Dates:

Dates Duration Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements (inc. planned works)
13/02/23 onwards 3 weeks Daytime Traffic Signals
(CCTV surveys, drain repairs, retaining wall repairs, new signs, carriageway haunching + other works)
06/03/23 onwards 4 weeks Full Road Closure No. 1
(new drainage crossings and associated works, carriageway resurfacing works, boundary wall repairs etc)
05/06/23 onwards 4 weeks Full Road Closure No. 2
(safety barrier works etc)
11/09/23 onwards 2+ weeks Full Road Closure No. 3
(carriageway reconstructions and patching)
01/03/24 onwards 3 weeks Full Road Closure No. 4
(carriageway surfacing and reinstatement works)

A592 Temporary Diversion Route:
(during both the full road closures as well as overnight road closures)

Diversion Route for Kirkstone


A592 Resurfacing

Phases 1- 4 have already been successfully completed, which has included resurfacing of the roads and some footways along with renewing some of the kerbing. 

Phase 5 is scheduled to begin Monday 23 January until Friday 3 February, weather permitting, this will be completed in three sections; Section 1: Dacre Junction to Waterfoot Junction, Section 2: Rheged End to Dalemain Junction, Section 3: Dalemain to Dacre Junction.  

During this period the road will be closed with work taking place between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Outside of the working hours, access will be maintained where possible, but vehicles do so at their own risk.

As there will be a full road closure, the diversion routes are as follows:

NORTHBOUND - Travelling via the A5091 through Dockray and onto the A66

SOUTHBOUND - Travelling via the A66 and onto the A5091 through Dockray before re-joining the A592

During these works, local businesses will be open as usual, but residents and visitors are advised to plan their journeys ahead, as extra time may be needed to get to their destinations.

If more information is needed, please email

We would like to thank the community and businesses for their continued support and patience while they improve the highway network. Please accept the our apologies for any inconvenience caused by these improvements.

Resurfacing Programme for the A592 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 441.46KB)

Resurfacing programme Glenridding to Rheged (PDF 116KB)

A592 Resurfacing Phase 1 to 5 Maps (PDF, 4.65MB)

A592 Resurfacing Diversion Route for: