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73 mile diversion set for A66 overnight closure

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A 73-mile diversion will be put in place when a three-mile stretch of the A66 between Keswick and Penrith is closed for roadworks.

The official diversion route, stated by Highways England, will take drivers from Threlkeld near Keswick, along the A66 to Cockermouth, up the A595 to Carlisle and back down the M6 to Penrith.

The roadworks will be carried out between Threlkeld and Wallthwaite, from 8.00pm until 6.00am, starting tonight and lasting until the end of March.

A resurfacing scheme on the A66 from Threlkeld Cricket Club to the layby east of the Wallthwaite junction is continuing with full overnight closures commencing on 19 February from 8pm until 6am each night until the end of March.

Clearly-signed diversions will be in place. A signed-diversion, suitable for all types of vehicles, will be in place with eastbound drivers travelling to Penrith via Cockermouth (A595), Carlisle (A689) and the M6, and westbound drivers for Keswick using the same route in reverse.

Emergency vehicles will be escorted through the overnight closures as well as the last Stagecoach bus in each direction. Residents that live within the closure will also continue to have access to their properties.

– Highways England