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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:


Sheep and livestock causing A595 delays

Sheep and livestock are on the road. Credit: Franz-Peter Tschauner/DPA/Press Association Images

The A595 has been partially blocked after an accident involving a trailer carrying sheep and livestock.

Sheep are on the road, causing delays both ways between A689 / Peter Lane and Wigton Road / Queensway.

Police are directing traffic.

Drivers warned of A595 weekend closure

Drivers are being warned that the A595 near Grizebeck will be closed in both directions, for part of the weekend.

It'll be closed at Dove Ford, from 8am on Saturday 12 September, and the closure is likely to continue into the Sunday.

It's because of building work to make safe a dangerous farm building.

Cumbria County Council has no involvement in the building works, but has decided to close the road to keep the public safe.

A signed diversion via Grizebeck, Greenodd and Dalton will be in place during the temporary road closure.

A595 roadworks announced

A595 Credit: ITV Border

Drivers can expect delays along the A595 south of Workington from next week, as flood defence work gets underway.

The project, costing £480,000, will last six weeks, and there will be off-peak lane closures and temporary traffic lights.

The aim is to improve verge drainage and footpaths along the route between the junction with the A66 at Bridgefoot and further south at Winscales.

Poorly-performing filter drains will be replaced with new drains, and footpaths will be reconstructed.

The work will start on Monday (7 September) and is due to be completed by Friday 16 October.

What to expect:

  • Off-peak lane closures with temporary traffic lights in place between 9.30am and 3.30pm and again between 8pm and 6am

This is important work to give road users safer and smoother journeys along a section of the A595 which has been prone to flooding after heavy rain.

The footpaths here are also in a poor condition so we are taking the opportunity to renew these which will provide a better surface for pedestrians.”

– Highways England project manager Peter Gee

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.

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