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Driver charged after crash on A66

Credit: Cumbria Roads Police

Police have charged a driver after a collision involving two HGVs on the A66 at Kirkby Thore.

It happened around 9:30am on 29 March 2018.

Both drivers were taken to hospital following the crash but have since been released.

Arlandas Lubys, 40, of no fixed address, was arrested on 1 April.

He has been charged with driving without due care and attention and refusing to provide an evidential blood sample in respect of drink driving.

He is due to appear at Carlisle Magistrates' Court today.

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Police investigating serious road traffic collision on A66

The incident occurred on the A66 near Threlkeld Credit: PA

Police are investigating a serious road traffic collision that occurred just before 5pm on Saturday 22 July 2017 on the A66. The incident occurred on the A66 near Threlkeld and involved a blue van and a yellow motorbike.

The motorcyclist, a 29-year-old man, was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries. The road was closed in both directions for several hours.

Anyone with any information should contact PC 2367 Baker on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Delays on main road in Cumbria

Drivers are being warned they face disruption on one of Cumbria's main roads today.

Police say a slow moving abnormal load will be moving west across the A66 towards junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith between 11am and 3pm.

They say motorists travelling along the route at this time should plan extra time for their journeys.

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Overnight closures on major Cumbrian road

Credit: Highways England

Overnight closures will be introduced on one of Cumbria's main roads so work can take place on a £1.5million flood defence scheme.

Highways England is raising the carriageway by almost a metre on a stretch of the A66 at Bassenthwaite to better protect the road from flooding.

The full week of overnight closures begin on Friday (16 December) and will affect both eastbound and westbound carriageways between Lambfoot and Dubwath junctions.

Closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am.

£2m Roadworks on A66 start today

Resurfacing and drainage improvements will take place on A66 near Crackenthorp Credit: ITV Border

Drivers are set to face delays on a stretch of one of Cumbria's busiest roads.

Highways England is spending nearly £2m on resurfacing, drainage improvements and replacing traffic signs on the A66 near Crackenthorpe west of Appleby.

Temporary traffic lights and a 40mph speed limit will be in place for around 10 weeks from today.

ROAD CLOSURE: A66 near Braithwaite after 4 car collision

ROAD CLOSURE: A66 near Braithwaite Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A66 near Braithwaite.

Police were called at 14.58pm today following a four vehicle collision.

The road has been closed on the A66 in both directions close to Braithwaite.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Visit the traffic link map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

Drainage improvements on major Cumbrian road

Flooding on the section of the A66 where work is taking place to improve drainage Credit: Highways England

A project to upgrade drainage on a stretch of the A66 near Penrith is due to start on Wednesday.

The month-long Highways England scheme will tackle flooding issues on the section of the road near Whinfell Park, around three miles east of the town.

The majority of the work will be carried out overnight although a temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place at all times of day for the safety of drivers. During night work (between 8pm and 6am) temporary traffic lights are going to be in use. Drivers may also be led through the roadworks in 10mph convoys on some occasions.

“The ditch next to the A66 is prone to becoming blocked which causes it to flood and leaves water on the road.

“We’ll be installing a new drainage system which should prevent this from happening again in the future, but we’ll need to have a temporary speed limit in place so the work can be carried out safely.

“The project will improve safety for drivers as it will reduce the risk of flooding on this stretch of road.”

– Peter Gee, Project Manager at Highways England
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