One of Cumbria's best-loved tourist attractions is to undergo a major redevelopment.
A new pier extension is being built for Ullswater Steamers at Glenridding by Cumbrian firm Cubby Construction as part of the revamp of visitor facilities.
Carlisle-based Cubby have begun off site work on phase one of project which, in its second phase, will see new toilets, shops, parking and cafe.
It is understood the final cost of the project will be £950,000 but this is dependent on the project securing fiunding for stage two.
Initially a short extension will be created to the north end of the pier. There will also be a second bridge to link the south end of the pier with the Pierhouse building and a longer pier extension to the south.
Mark Horton, manager at Ullswater Steamers, said said the investment would result in a better service especially for the popular Aira Force shuttle link. The work would also reduce the flood risk to boats during winter months from events such as Storm Desmond in the winter of 2015.
“We are looking forward to bringing this project to fruition and improving our services for visitors with the benefits this will bring for the whole Ullswater Valley," he said.
Contractors will move on to the site on October 1 with a completion date for phase one expected before Christmas.
Boats will run to the normal timetable but there will be a reduced number of parking spaces.
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