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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.

£170,000 to repair A66 at Brough

Roadworks have begun at the A66 at Brough to make repairs to the road's surface.

The work began earlier this week, and is expected to continue into the middle of August.

Three projects are being carried out by the Highways Agency to remove potholes, tackle surface wear and renew road studs and markings.

The work will take place along the route between Brough and Stainmore.

All the work is being done overnight and the routes is being kept open at all times although lane closures will be in place at times and on occasion drivers will be stopped ahead of the roadworks and led past them in 10mph convoys. A 40mph speed limit will be in place during the work.

– Peter Gee, Highways Agency

Man in custody following A66 crash

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences following a crash on the A66 this morning.

He was driving a lorry that was involved in a collision with a van near Brough, Kirby Stephen, at 8:20am today, Wednesday 21 May.

The lorry driver was not injured but a 60-year-old man, who was driving the van, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle with serious injuries.

The road is now open after is was closed for a number of hours while an investigation took place.


Tributes paid to A66 crash victims

Tributes have been paid to the three men who died in separate collisions in Cumbria on Sunday.

William Bell, who was 85, was killed on the A66 near Embleton. His family say he was a "wonderful character."

52-year-old Ian Broughton died in Sedbergh, he was described as a loving father and son.

And the family of Michael Iveson, who died near Millom, described the 66-year-old from Lindal, as a biking fanatic.

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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