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Woman airlifted to hospital after A66 collision


A 23-year-old woman has been airlifted to hospital, after a collision on the A66 Eastbound, between Penruddock and Stainton.

A section of the road was closed after the accident, at around 8am this morning, but has now been re-opened.

The woman, from near Armathwaite, had been driving a blue Peugeot 206.

She is being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, with serious injuries.

Work on A66 to improve cycle and foot path

Credit: PA

A two week Highways England project aiming to prevent abuse of a cycle and foot path in Cumbria began on Monday.

Work is taking place along the A66 between Brigham and Cockermouth.

A new gate is being installed at the entry to the footpath between Fitz roundabout and Lamplugh roundabout.

It is hoped the gate will stop motorised vehicles such as motorcycles from using the footpath, which will make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.


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
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