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Abnormal load warning for A66 and M6

Police are warning drivers. Credit: PA

Drivers are being warned of possible delays due to an abnormal load travelling on the A66 in Cumbria, and the motorway into Scotland.

Two long, abnormal loads will be travelling from Darlington to Aberdeen, and will be on the west bound carriageway of the A66 from approximately 11am to 2pm today.

The loads will then join the M6 northbound into Scotland.

The public are advised to adjust their travelling times or route to accommodate these loads.

A66 to be closed for maintenance works

These drainage holes show the level the new carriageway will be. Credit: Highways England

The A66 will be fully closed from 8pm on Saturday evening (10 December) to 6am on Sunday morning (11 December), while Highways England carries out maintenance work.

A diversion will run between High Hill junction and Crosthwaite roundabout, and the aim is improving maintenance access to Kentigern Bridge along the A66 near Keswick as well as to four bridges along the M6 between junction 35 at Carnforth and junction 40 at Penrith.

Construction work is also ongoing to protect the road from flooding where it runs alongside Bassenthwaite Lake.

Highways England is raising the carriageway by almost a metre and a half, as part of a £1.5 million flood defence project.


Man to appear in court after fatal A66 crash

The accident on the A66. Credit: ITV Border

A man will appear in court in connection with a fatal collision on the A66 near Braithwaite on Friday 29 April 2016.

Calum Wilkinson, 25, of Eagle Terrace in Flimby, is due to appear at North Cumbria Magistrates' Court on 6 December.

David Bennell, 82, from Braithwaite, died following the collision.

David Bennell. Credit: Cumbria Police

A66 to become dual carriageway

The A66 crosses the Pennines down to Scotch Corner Credit: PA

As part of a Department for Transport study on five strategic roads, the government has announced a large part of the A66 will become a dual carriageway.

The road in part follows the course of the Roman road from Scotch Corner to Penrith, which has stretches of single carriageway, and is considered one of the most dangerous highways in the country.

Dutch man charged with dangerous driving after A66 crash

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the crash. Credit: GNAAS

Police have charged a 44-year-old Dutch man following a three-vehicle collision on the A66 at Temple Sowerby yesterday.

Jerry Bouma is charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.

The incident happened at around 10.55am.

The crash left two people, both aged 67, from South Shields with serious injuries and they were taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Mr Bouma was driving a Renualt Master van. The other two vehicles involved were a black Nissan Qashqai and a red Renault Scenic.

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