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Carlisle Flood Risk Management Scheme Phase 2

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The Carlisle Flood Risk Management Scheme will be delivered in three phases. These pages describe the second of these phases. The work delivered in this phase will provide further flood protection to the heart of the city of Carlisle including important transport infrastructure, commercial and leisure facilities as well as residential properties. This scheme will reduce flood risk to 50 residential homes and a further 33 other properties including the Sands Centre and Civic Centre. It will also reduce flood risk to Hardwicke Circus, Castle Way and the A7 over Eden Bridge providing much more resilience to the city’s key transport routes.

Proposed works in this area will both raise and extend the existing flood defences to a level that will provide protection from future flood events as large as those which followed Storm Desmond in December 2015.

The flood defences will form a continuous line of defence extending from the playing fields of Trinity School in the east (which are significantly higher than the peak flood levels from December 2015) to the high ground of the Castle in the west. The scheme includes almost 1,000m of flood defences comprising a combination of flood walls, embankments, flood gates and raised roads. To assist with the planning and delivery of this scheme it has been divided into 10 distinct areas (ground investigation works have confirmed that no works are required in area 1). The map below shows the extent and location of each of these as well as providing links to further pages which describe the proposed works in each area in more detail.


An aerial photo of Carlisle during flooding




Details of the works planned for each of these areas can be found in the ‘Area’ sections in the left hand side menu of this page.

A map showing the 10 areas of the Carlisle Phase 2 flood scheme




The Environment Agency aim to start construction work on phase 2 of the Carlisle Flood Risk Management Scheme in August 2020 and expect to be complete by the end of April 2021. The table below provides a little more detail of what they will be doing and when in order to achieve this. The expected construction times and durations for each area can be seen in the ‘Area’ sections on the left hand side menu.

Milestone Date Status
Receive funding approval to construct phase 2 of the Carlisle Flood Risk Management Scheme. Late July 2020 Complete
Set up construction compounds in the Swifts car park and Bitts car park and prepare construction sites. Early August 2020 Complete
Submit planning application for four specific areas of construction. Late August 2020 Complete
Start construction work, initially on the areas that do not require planning permission*. Late August 2020 Underway
Complete construction work and remove compounds End of April 2021


*The Environment Agency plan to start construction work in a number of areas that do not require planning permission prior to receiving planning permission for the other areas. This will allow them to commence work on some of the more weather sensitive areas (such as the embankments) earlier in the summer season, minimising the risk of weather-related delays and ensuring the scheme is delivered as soon as possible.