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Repairs for A595 bridge in west Cumbria

Work to repair a bridge along the A595 in Cumbria will get underway next Monday (12 September).

The £155,000 Highways England scheme will see the bridge at Blackbeck between Egremont and Calder Bridge re-waterproofed and concrete on the structure repaired.

Temporary traffic lights and a temporary speed limit will be in place around the clock during the repairs which Highways England say are expected to end on Monday 24 October.

“This is a vital repairs and maintenance programme and given the location we will need to install temporary traffic lights to ensure we can complete the work safely. We have instructed our contractors to ensure the traffic lights are monitored at key times during the day to prevent needless queueing and help minimise disruption to people’s journeys.

“In planning these works we have also involved key stakeholders such as Sellafield. The repairs are south of Blackbeck roundabout so that route remains available for people travelling to the complex from the Egremont side. Staff travelling from the Calder Bridge side can gain access without going near the bridge.”

– Mark Mosely, project manager Highways England

MP urges A595 improvements ahead of Budget

The A595 is Cumbria's longest, and sometimes busiest, road. Credit: ITV Border

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has written to Chancellor George Osborne ahead of tomorrow's Budget, to call for urgent road investment in Cumbria.

Mr Reed says the A595 "requires significant improvements" to cope with additional traffic from the planned new nuclear power station at Moorside.

The road is the longest in Cumbria, and at certain times the busiest.

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Council looking into A595 improvements

A595. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council say they are carrying out a feasibility study, into how the A595 road can be improved.

Two women died after an accident on the road on Tuesday 23 February.

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has called on the council to make a serious case to central government, to improve the road.

We did make improvements, we've improved the A66 through Highways England.

These are major schemes and it is only the government who can fund these schemes.

Kendal is wanting another bypass - these have to be funded by government - Cumbria County Council does not have that kind of funding."

– Cllr Keith Little

Police name two women killed in A595 crash

The crash on the A595. Credit: ITV Border

Two women who died in a crash on the A595 at Newby Cross have been named by police.

Hayley Sarah Murdoch, 29, from Carlisle, and Sheila Dixon, 71, from Carlisle, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Both were passengers in a Kia Picanto, which was involved in a two vehicle collision near Sowerby Wood at around 3:20pm on Tuesday 23 February.

The driver of the Kia, a 74-year-old man from Carlisle, remains in a critical but stable condition.

A three-year-old boy from Carlisle was also in the vehicle and he remains poorly but stable.

Both are at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The driver of a Ford Transit van, a 51-year-old man from Aspatria, was taken to Carlisle Infirmary with minor injuries.

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A595: your comments

A595 Credit: ITV Border

There have been calls to improve the A595, after an accident in which two women were killed.

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Serious vehicle accidents on A595 in 2014 (most recent figures)

Carlisle MP John Stevenson says the county council should conduct feasibility studies to see how the road could be improved.

You've been telling us what you think about the road:

More deaths on the 595. How many will it take before we get some serious investment?

– Chris Bagshaw on Twitter

Too many fatalities on the roads in our region in the last few days and weeks :(

– Angela Haigh on Facebook

There are too many deaths on this stretch of road, there should be a speed limit and permanent speed camera between Newby cross roads and Thursby."

– Anne Mawdsley on Facebook

No answers only a question! Is there any procedure in place to investigate whether road improvements could help avoid a re-occurence when a tragedy like this happens?

– John Welsh

MP's call for research into A595 improvements

The A591. Credit: ITV Border

There are renewed calls to upgrade the A595 in Cumbria.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson says Highways England, Cumbria County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership need to work together.

Well the county council have to work in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership I think they should commission plans, feasibility studies, for what improvements there can be for the A595.

Whether it be in part dual and in other parts just an improvement, once those plans are in place, then we approach government to see how we can fund it."

– John Stevenson MP

Two women died in a crash on the A595 on the outskirts of Carlisle, on Tuesday.

A595 closed

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The A595 between Cockermouth Papcastle roundabout and Carlisle Thursby roundabout is closed. The major commuting route has been closed due to heavy rainfall to allow the highways agency to resolve the issue.

Cumbria Police have asked for motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area and use alternative routes cautiously due to small floods and heavy traffic on minor roads throughout West Cumbria.

A595 to re-open soon after sheep escape

Wigton Road into Carlisle should be open very soon, as a livestock trailer that overturned has been recovered:

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