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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. I'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page

Relief at the reopening of the A591 is 'immense'

There's huge relief and celebration that the A591 has been reopened today, more than five months after being badly damaged during Storm Desmond. 

Part of the three mile route between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed during the floods. 

At the place known locally as 'the gap' a whole new carriageway plus deep foundations has been built.

Angela Barker lived on one side of the closure and worked on the other.

She said: "Just to get in the car and drive to work normally and have the normal traffic and the normal visitors and just put life back to what it was really. It's immense."

Official opening
Highways England

Weather: Dry overnight and mostly dry tomorrow

Any isolated showers will fizzle out and it will be mostly dry overnight with variable cloud and some clear spells. Some fog patches developing, especially over the hills. Mild with a minimum temperature of 10C (50F) and a moderate northeasterly wind.   

Tomorrow it will be mostly dry with some sunshine.

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Solar farm plans being discussed by councillors today

Revised plans for a new solar energy farm between Whitehaven and Egremont are being discussed by Copeland councillors today. 

The site would cover about 40 acres of farmland with almost 18,000 solar panels. The developers say it would generate enough electricity for 1,500 homes. 

Councillors are being recommended to approve the scheme.

Solar panels
BBC

Calls for action over 'never events' at Cumbria's hospitals

Twenty two so-called 'never events' have been recorded over the last three years at the two trusts which run hospitals in Cumbria. 

'Never events' are classed as serious incidents that are wholly preventable, and the figures emerged following Freedom of Information requests by BBC Radio Cumbria. 

There were 15 at the North Cumbria trust, and seven at the Morecambe Bay trust. Both said 'never events' are unacceptable, and are always investigated thoroughly. 

Lesley Hamilton from the Royal College of Surgeons says: "We recognise that behind every 'never event' there is a patient which is why we're working so hard to try and get rid of these events. I know in every hospital where one of these occurs there will be a big enquiry to try and find out exactly what happened."

Surgeons
BBC

Cumbrian adventurer trying to snow-kite across Greenland

Cumbrian climber and adventurer, Leo Houlding, is attempting to snow-kite the 1,000 miles across Greenland. 

The 35-year-old aims to travel from the south west of Greenland to the north accompanied by experienced snow-kiter Bruce Corrie, who lives near Kendal.  

By yesterday they had covered 204 miles. 

Snowkiting
Houlding/Corrie

Work to reopen the A591 involved 'lots of cooperation'

One of the major Lakeland routes has been reopened after five months of repair work.

A section of the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick was washed away during December's storms and has cost £3m to repair. 

The leader of Cumbria County Council, Stewart Young, says: "I appreciate that there's been a lot of frustration and it's had an affect on people's lives and businesses. But everyone involved has worked tremendously hard. They've worked collaboratively. I don't think I've ever seen as much cooperation between different organisations."

Timeline of repqairs
Highways England

Pub landlord nearing end of first stage of 'ultimate marathon'

A Cumbrian pub landlord who's attempting, what he describes as the "ultimate triathlon", is back in the county as he nears the end of the cycling stage of his challenge. 

Paul Dewar from Ulverston has cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats and is on his final day in the saddle, heading for Ambleside. 

After swimming the length of Windermere, he'll start the "10 in 10", which is 10 marathons in 10 days, on Friday.

He's raising money for the youth charity, the Brathay Trust.

Challenge banner
BBC

Repair of the A591 was a 'major job'

After five months and £3m spent on repairing it, the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick is open again.

A large section of the road was washed away during Storm Desmond.

The operation to rebuild the A591 by Cumbria County County Council was overseen by Highways England. 

Andy Withington from Highways England says it was a major job: "Two and half thousand tonnes of concrete to rebuild the retaining wall. We've got steel stanchions that have gone into the river bed and we've also reinstated the section of road further north as well."

Graphic explaining the repair work
Highways England

Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon, mainly dry tonight

BBC Weather

A mostly dry and bright afternoon, with just a small chance of a shower. Highs of 20C (68F).

Tonight any isolated showers will fizzle out and it will be mostly dry overnight with variable cloud and some clear spells. There could be some fog patches developing, especially over the hills. Mild with a minimum temperature of 10C (50F).

See the forecast for your area here.  

Weather chart
BBC

Drone footage of reopened A591

BBC North of England correspondent Danny Savage has been covering the reopening of the A591 in Cumbria this morning

His report will include some drone footage filmed over the road - here's a preview. 

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Your pictures: Sunset over Rosthwaite

Thank you to Dovile Rosalinda Timinskaite for allowing us to use this stunning photo of the sunset over Rosthwaite.

If you have a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page.  

Sunset over fells
Dovile Rosalinda Timinskaite

Repair of A591 'great piece of British engineering'

The Lake District's A591 has been reopened between Grasmere and Keswick today. 

A large section of the route was washed away during the winter storms in December. 

It took five months and £3m to repair the road.

Drivers queued up to travel along it earlier this morning.

The Floods Minister and Cumbrian MP, Rory Stewart, was at the official reopening. 

He said: "Incredible moment and I think it's a great piece of British engineering. I hope people have a chance to look in detail at what's been done. The quality of the stonework, the craftsmanship, the use of technology."

Open road
BBC

The moment the A591 reopened to traffic for the first time in five months

The first vehicles along the reopened A591 this morning included two vintage cars, adding to the celebratory feeling.

The road between Keswick and Grasmere reopened earlier this morning after being damaged by Storm Desmond in December.

It's cost £3m to repair.

Vehicles on repaired A591
BBC

Hospitals in Cumbria record 22 so called 'never events'

Over the past three years the two hospital trusts covering Cumbria have recorded 22 so called 'never events'. These are classed as serious incidents that are preventable. 

These have included surgeons leaving needles, swabs, or medical instruments inside patients and in one case at the Morecambe Bay trust in 2013, the wrong patient was operated on. 

The figures have come from Freedom of Information requests. 

With 15 never events in the last three years, the North Cumbria trust has recorded more than any other hospital trust in Cumbria or the North East. 

Medical staff in operating theatre
BBC

Traffic now flowing along the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick

The road which links the north and south of the Lake District has reopened after five months.

Traffic started travelling along its full length again earlier this morning.

The road was closed after being badly damaged in December.

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Power cut in Arnside

Almost 600 properties in the Arnside area are without power at the moment.

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The moment the A591 was officially reopened after being closed for five months

The official reopening of the A591 took place just over an hour ago and vehicles are now travelling along the route between Keswick and Grasmere, which was closed after being damaged in Storm Desmond in December. 

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Businesses in the Lake District hopeful that trade will recover now that A591 is open

The chairman of the Lake District Business Task Force is hopeful that trade will pick up with the reopening of the A591 today. 

Part of the road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed during Storm Desmond causing lengthy diversions for people. 

Nigel Wilkinson says:  "Firms in certain parts of the national park have been especially hard hit and also their employees. We are delighted that the road has reopened and we can look forward positively to the new summer season." 

Before and after pictures of the road
Highways England

Weather: Mainly dry but with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Starting largely dry with some bright spells, before scattered showers push northwards and weaken through the day. Some bright spells are likely, but it will feel humid. Maximum temperature 20C (68F).

See the forecast for your area here.  

Weather chart
BBC

The A591 between Keswick and Grasmere has reopened after five months

The A591 which links the north and south of the Lake District has reopened within the last few minutes.

The road between Grasmere and Keswick was closed for five months after being damaged in the storms in December.   

The first few cars travelled across, what had become known locally as 'the gap', just after 08:30.

One of the first across was local businessman Bill Bewley in his vintage car which dates back to 1925. 

Speaking just before the opening he said: "It's going to be a good feeling to represent the businesses that have been struggling and the achievements of the engineers. It also means I can go and see my relations in Keswick more easily."

Bill Bewley and his vintage car
BBC

Travel: A591 due to reopen after being shut during the winter storms

BBC Travel

The A591 between Keswick and Grasmere will be reopening shortly, after being closed for five months. Traffic is due to be allowed back onto the road in about 10 minutes time.

The A5087 (The Ellers) in Ulverston is closed in both directions between Tank Square Roundabout and the Lund Road junction, because of roadworks.  

See all the latest details here.

A591 between Grasmere and Keswick reopens today

A main road linking the north and south of the Lake District National Park reopens this morning after a section of it was swept away in the winter floods. 

The A591 near Grasmere was badly damaged in December during Storm Desmond. 

The road closure forced people to drive miles out of their way or take a shuttle bus to get between Grasmere and Keswick. Local business people say it has affected trade.

£3m has since been spent on repairing the road before the main summer tourism season starts.

Road being repaired
A591

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Wednesday 11 May.

I'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel. 

If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page.