The next phase of improvement work has begun on Maryport's promenade.

Construction crews commenced operations in Sea Brow Gardens and the landscaped area north of the former public toilet block.

Set for transformation into a café and beach shop later this summer, the site is set to contribute to the seaside town's regeneration.

Sea Brow Gardens' railings are currently in the process of being replaced, with landscaping enhancements taking place throughout the surrounding area.

Pathways are being broadened, new seats and bins are being installed, and raised flowerbeds are in for a thorough clearing and repair job.

Times and Star: New signage has been installedNew signage has been installed (Image: Cumberland Council)

All work related to the project is being undertaken by Carlisle-based company, Kirkaldy & Roe Ltd, using funding provided by the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Additionally, the main promenade's rusty railings have been replaced by galvanised steel ones, which are designed to withstand the conditions of coastal weather better than conventional steel.

This was made possible through the efforts of local firm Shane Taylor Welding Ltd, with arrangements and costs handled by Cumberland Council.

Further replacement of the remaining railings is planned on a rolling schedule, when funding allows.

A skate park is also being created across from the new café.

Meanwhile, a new event space, an upgraded play park, and a splash park are all being installed on the harbourside.

On top of this, the Wave, now known as Maryport Activity Centre, is receiving major upgrades.

These newest attractions are part of a £12 million regeneration project, with the expectation to open later this year.

As part of the ongoing improvements around town, new signage is being put up, boasting artwork from Maryport artist Alan Roper.

The vibrant finger posts and map monoliths will guide visitors to major points of interest in the area.

The current landscaping work on the promenade is projected to take about a month, with small areas of green space temporarily cordoned off to guarantee public safety.

The project is being managed by Cumberland Council.

Councillor Mark Fryer, leader of Cumberland Council, said: "There is so much good stuff going on in Maryport at the moment and it is brilliant to witness the changes taking place.

"These are all small steps towards the town’s major transformation and they are encouraging to see."