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Delays on A66

There are currently traffic delays on the A66 Skirsgill Roundabout at Penrith, near Junction 40.

This is due to a lorry which has lost part of its load on the eastbound carriageway.

The road is not fully blocked, however delays are to be expected in the area.

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

Weather causes tough driving conditions

The weather continues to cause problems, with snowfall creating tough driving conditions.

This was the scene on the A66, near Threlkeld, this morning. No one was injured.

No one was injured in the incident on the A66 this morning. Credit: ITV Border

Police have been asking drivers to take particular care when driving on snow and ice.

Borders Group of Advanced Motorists instructor Bill Allison gave some top tips for driving in the winter, which can be viewed here.


Woman in hospital after A66 crash

The Great North Air Ambulance assisted with the crash. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 57-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A66, west of Penrith.

She was treated at the scene for head injuries at the scene. It's believed her injuries are not life threatening.

It happened today (28th November) around 11.30am.

A66 dangers discussed with public

Drivers are being asked their opinions of the A66 between Brough and Appleby. The eight mile stretch has been identified as one of the most dangerous in Cumbria and now engineers have held a public meeting to ask local people why it's so dangerous.

Jonathan Reade is from the Highways Agency and explains why the public's views are important:

A66 safety study begins

There have been 31 accidents in the past five years on this stretch of the A66. Credit: PA

A study will look at possible safety improvements to the A66 in Cumbria.

The Highways Agency is reviewing the section between Appleby and Brough after the latest statistics showed 31 accidents involving injuries over the past five years.

Local residents are being encouraged to attend a public event at Brough Memorial Hall to raise road safety concerns and make suggestions for improvements.

A66 safety improvements considered

There have been 31 accidents in the past five years on this stretch of the A66. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of Cumbria's most dangerous stretches of road could be in line for safety improvements.

The Highways Agency is reviewing the A66 between Appleby-in-Westmorland and Brough, because there have been 31 accidents there in the past five years.

Between 2009 and 2013 11 people suffered serious injuries, and 31 were the victim of minor injuries.

Local people and drivers are invited to a public meeting at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November.

They'll be able to put questions to the Highways Agency, and suggest improvements they think should be made.

“The section of the A66 between Appleby and Brough is a single carriageway with quite a few bends and hills.

“We’re encouraging as many people as possible for come and see us at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November so we can find out about concerns and hear suggestions for improvements.

"We’ll then use the feedback we receive as part of our study into safety on the A66.”

– Jonathan Reade, Project Manager at the Highways Agency


19-year-old dies in A66 three car crash

A 19-year-old woman has died following a car crash on the A66 at Brough, Kirkby Stephen.

Police were called at 6.43pm on 2nd November. The woman from Carlisle was driving a Black Nissan Almera. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, including a White Audi A3 S Line driven by a 32-year-old man from Scotland and a large goods vehicle driven by a 40-year-old man from Scotland.

The circumstances of the crash are being investigated. Anyone with information should contact Cumbria Police.

A66 roadworks to begin

Upgrades to the A66 between Appleby and Keswick start today, Monday 15 September, and are expected to take up to six weeks to complete.

Three upgrade schemes will improve drainage, surfaces and road markings.

Temporary traffic lights and a 40mph speed limit will be in place.

  • A 2.5 mile stretch of the dual carriageway between the entry and exit slip roads for Appleby is being resurfaced overnight between 8pm - 6am.
  • Drainage of a 1.5 mile section between the Long Marton and Kirkby Thore junctions is being improved overnight between 8pm - 6am.
  • A 1.5 mile section between the A591 junction and Crosthwaite roundabout is also being improved for drainage. Temporary traffic lights will operate between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Overnight work will also take place.

"We're doing everything we can to minimise the disruption caused by the projects. This includes carrying out the work overnight or at off-peak times during the day, as well as using technology which means we won't have to dig trenches."

– Peter Gee, Project Manager, Highways Agency

A66 closures planned

Drivers using the A66 at Bassenthwaite Lake are likely to face delays from September.

Workers will be felling trees on a steep bank next to the road. It's part of a long term Forestry Commission project to thin the adjacent Wythop Forest. There will be temporary lane closures at various points along along the A66 during the three months it takes to carry out the work.

There are also planned overnight closures at Brough, starting on Wednesday 27 August, where studs and road markings will be replaced.

The highways agency suggested drivers check traffic updates before their journeys near Brough and Bassenthwaite.

A66 remains closed after five car crash

The A66 near Brough remains closed following the a road traffic collision involving five vehicles.

Police say the road is expected to be open within the hour, by about 5pm and are asking motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Emergency services were called at 1:08pm today, Friday 22 August.

Vehicles involved:

· Renault Master, male aged 61

· Renault Traffic, male aged 21

· Alfa Romeo, female aged 48

· Vauxhall Zafira, male aged 42

· Landrover Freelander, female aged 29

The driver of the Renault Traffic has been transported to the Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with non-life threatening injuries.

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