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Delays after A591 accident in Keswick

The accident happened on the A591 in Keswick. Credit: ITV Border

There are delays on the busy A591 road in Keswick, due to an accident.

It happened between the A5271 Penrith Road and B5322 Back Lane, and was reported at 11:15am.

No further details have been released.

The A591 southbound is closed at Chestnut Hill, causing queueing traffic in the area.

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Funding boost for Jedburgh

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A Borders town has been awarded more than three-quarters of a million pounds to help preserve its heritage and boost employment.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has earmarked £866,500 of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme funding for repairs and improvements to Jedburgh.

The aim is to make Jedburgh a more attractive town to visit as the ‘Historic Gateway to Scotland’, and build on the heritage and local attractions, including Jedburgh Abbey and a proposed new distillery.

"Many of our town centres are facing real challenges and we know Jedburgh has issues in terms of deteriorating buildings, increasing vacancy rates and declining footfall. So we are delighted this funding will begin to help address some of these issues and act as a catalyst for regeneration in the town.

“I would encourage local businesses and community groups to continue to work with us to make Jedburgh a really welcoming attractive destination for visitors particularly for those coming over the border.”

– Cllr Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council

Staveley woman dies in head-on A591 collision near Ings

Collision investigators wants to find out why the crash happened Credit: ITV News Border

A woman has died and two more have been critically injured in a head-on collision on the A591 near Ings yesterday.

The 81-year old lady from Staveley was driving a blue Honda Jazz when it met a silver Vauxhall Astra, driven by a 56-year old man form Bolton-le-Sands in Lancashire.

She was given CPR but died at the scene.

The driver of the Astra and his passenger, a 91-year old man also from Bolton-le-Sands, were air-lifted to the Royal Preston Hospital after being freed from their car by the fire service.

Both have sustained extensive injuries: the driver is in a serious but stable condition but the passenger is in a critical condition.

The road was closed for five hours as collision investigators tried to determine what had caused the crash. Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.

Tourism trade improves since A591 reopening

Tourism businesses along one of the Lake District's main roads say trade has improved significantly since it re-opened just over a week ago.

The A591 closed due to damage caused by December's floods. A stretch of the road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed during Storm Desmond.

Katie Hunter reports from a classic car event held to celebrate its re-opening.

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'Phenomenal difference' for businesses as A591 opens

Heaton Cooper Studio Credit: Heaton Cooper Studio

The re-opening of a flood-damaged Lake District road has made a "phenomenal difference" to businesses, local communities have told ITV Border.

Becky Heaton Cooper, who runs the Heaton Cooper Studio and art gallery in Grasmere, says her business was hit hard by the five month closure of the A591.

But she says the re-opening of the road has given her business an immediate boost.

There has been a phenomenal difference. It's like someone has turned a light back on.

– Becky Heaton Cooper

Tourism businesses host A591 reopening celebrations

The A591 re-opened on May 11th Credit: ITV News Border

Tourism businesses are hosting a series of celebrations today to mark the official reopening of the A591.

The road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed due to flooding during Storm Desmond in December. It reopened last week and businesses are now keen to promote the area.

Celebrations include a vintage car display and a children's poetry reading.

"The closure of the A591 following Storm Desmond had a terrible impact on local residents and local businesses, but the good news is that the road is now fixed.

"This event is about sending the message loud and clear that Cumbria is back 'open for business'.

"I'd like to thank all those who have helped to organise this event, as well as those who have contributed funding, in particular South Lakeland District Council."

– Tim Farron MP, South Lakes, Lib Dem

Floods Minister: 'Lake District is open for business'

Rory Stewart was at the ceremony. Credit: ITV Border

Floods Minister and local MP Rory Stewart says the re-opening of the A591 shows that Cumbria is very much "open for business".

The major Lake District route had been closed since the Storm Desmond floods on 5 December.

But the MP for Penrith and the Border says there's plenty more work to do, with a £10 million flood defence repair programme underway.

The work to open the A591 early shows how we are standing firmly behind communities hit by December's flooding with investment in infrastructure, new flood defences and promoting the region across the world. I am delighted Highways England has managed to do this at such high quality in very difficult circumstances.

We are showing the country, and the world, that Cumbria and the Lake District are back open for business.

– Rory Stewart, Floods Minister
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