Kirkstone Pass progress to date!

Cumbria County Council are updating residents and businesses about the progress so far on the Kirkstone Pass phase of the Department for Transport (DfT) ‘Safer Roads Project’.

The project focuses on a 6.8km section of the A592 between Brothers Water on the northern end and Hird Wood on the southern end of Kirkstone Pass.

This first planned full road closure will finish this Sunday (2 April), and the county council is pleased that the work has kept to schedule, given the unpredictable weather that the county has had over the last month, and wishes to thank the public for their continued support. Work accomplished in this closure has included the new drainage crossings and associated works.

From 1 April 2023, the DfT ‘Safer Roads Project’ will be the responsibility of Westmorland and Furness Council.

The next road closure will be commencing on Monday 5 June 2023 to install the first part of the safety crash barriers, and will continue until Friday 30 June, weather permitting.

This will be a 24-hour, seven days a week closure, between Brothers Water and the Kirkstone Inn.

Throughout the work local businesses will be open as usual, however please allow extra time if you need to follow the diversion route. Please note that The Kirkstone Inn will remain accessible throughout this closure period via Windermere or Ambleside. Sykeside Camping Park and Brotherswater Inn will remain accessible throughout the closures via Glenridding.

Because of the scale of the project and for health and safety reasons, this road closure will also affect cyclists, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles. At all times, the council’s primary concern is the safety of the public and employees.

Additional road closures will then take place on the following dates, weather permitting:

  • 11 September 2023 to carry out resurfacing – over a two-week closure
  • 1 March 2024 to finalise the resurfacing – a three-week closure

The council apologises for any inconvenience and disruption these road closures may cause.

For more information and to see the next phases, please visit the Safer Roads website.

If more information is needed, please email

Images of the work that has taken place, highlighting the excavation, and width of the road, to show why there is a full road closure during the periods mentioned on the press release.

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