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Speed reduction for A595 south of Whitehaven

A mile-long stretch of the A595 will now have a 50mph speed limit. Credit: PA

Commuters travelling between Whitehaven and Bigrigg will face a 10mph speed reduction from the end of August.

The mile-long stretch of road between Mirehouse Road junction and Bigrigg will be reduced from 60mph to 50mph, following several road safety audits by Highways England.

Motorists are warned to expect the use of temporary traffic lights while work to erect new road signs is undertaken.

The number of personal injury accidents along the road between 2005 and 2010.

Police name A595 crash victim

Part of the road was closed. Credit: ITV Border

The name of a man killed in an accident on the A595 at Moota, near to Hays Wood, has been confirmed as Brian Rooney.

The 62 year-old, from Thornhill, Egremont, died in a two vehicle collision at around 3:10pm on Wednesday 21 January.

He had been driving a red Renault Laguna towards Cockermouth, when it collided with a road maintenance vehicle.

A 64 year-old female passenger was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A 48 year-old man from the Brampton area, who was driving the road maintenance vehicle, was also taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries.


Appeal for witnesses to fatal crash on A595

Police have appealed for witnesses to a fatal collision on the A595.

A Renault Laguna collided with a Tarmac Lorry near Moota at around 1500 hours yesterday, Wednesday 21

The driver of the Laguna, in his early 60s, died at the scene. A female passenger was airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with arm and head injuries.

The lorry driver was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven with head injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Man dies in crash with lorry

A 92-year-old man has died after his car crashed with a lorry on the B5305 junction in Wigton, Cumbria.

The incident happened near the A595 at about 12pm, today, Thursday 5 June.

His family are being supported and emergency services are at the scene.

The road is closed between Syke Road and Lowmoor Road. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

A66 crash death toll rises

A fourth person has died following a road traffic accident yesterday.

A 66 year old man from Furness died after a crash involving his motorbike on the A595 in the Whicham Valley near Millom.

In total, three motorcyclists have died along with a car driver in incidents on the A66 near Cockermouth, the A684 near Sedbergh and the A595 near Millom.

The accidents took place within the space of 2 and a half hours yesterday afternoon.


Two men in a serious condition following A595 crash near Egremont

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a three vehicle crash on the A595.

A 70 year old male driver of a Mitsubishi was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital. He is in a serious condition.

A 37 year old male driver of a Ford Ranger from Ulverston has been taken to West Cumberland Hospital. He is described in a serious but stable condition.

A third vehicle, a dropside lorry, was driven by a male who was unhurt.

The road remains closed between St Thomas Cross roundabout and Blackbeck roundabout.

Tributes paid to "loving and caring" man killed in crash

The family and friends of a man who died after his car was involved in a crash have paid tribute to a “loving, caring and fun loving person.”

Daniel Staples, known as Podge, died following a road traffic collision on the A595 on Tuesday 21 January. He was driving a Vauxhall Vectra when it collided with a milk tanker.

Daniel’s parents, Tony and Kath Staples have described how their son was:

“Loving and caring towards all his friends and family. He was an outgoing lad who was always full of fun. He had just started his career after working so hard to get qualified and was looking forward to being best man at his friend’s wedding this year and was planning the stag do.

“We all miss him so much and are still coming to terms that he has gone. His passing has left an void in our lives that he, with his presence and vitality, filled. There was never a dull moment with him around.”

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Man named in fatal A595 crash

Police have named a man who died in a collision on the A595 as Daniel Ian Staples, from Carlisle.

The 28-year-old was killed when his car - a Vauxhall Vectra - collided with a milk tanker just before 8am on Tuesday 21 January.

The driver of the tanker, a 64-year-old man from Fletchertown was uninjured.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in contact with the Roads Policing Unit at Cumbria Police on 101.

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