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A69 reopens following crash

The A69 has opened following a temporary closure today (20th November) after a van crashed with a wall.

The incident happened at 4.30pm yesterday (19th November). The driver of the red Vauxhall van, a 52-year-old man from Hexham, was uninjured.

Police thank drivers for their patience.

Three injured in A69 crash

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Three people have been injured in a crash on the A69 at Haltwhistle.

A car and a lorry collided around 11.30am today (19th November).

Medics helped with two patients. A 69-year-old man, from Carlisle, was treated for serious chest injuries and then flown to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. When he arrived at the hospital, it's said he was in a stable condition.


A69 upgrade: the pros and cons

Could the main road linking Cumbria to the North East soon be upgraded to a dual carriageway? MPs from our region met George Osborne this week to press for improvements to the A69.

Plans include dualling the remaining single carriageway stretch between Brampton and Hexham, and the possibility of a bypass at Warwick Bridge.

Kate Walby reports on the pros and cons.

Dual A69 debate: 'We're determined to win this time'

There's fresh hope for campaigners fighting for the A69 to be dualled between Hexham and Carlisle.

It comes after the Chancellor said he's considering a feasibility study on the idea. Carlisle MP John Stevenson has had a private meeting with George Osborne to discuss the need to make the road safer. Some residents in Warwick Bridge want the study to also include plans for a bypass.

Cllr Nick Marriner is a Warwick Bridge resident:

Transport Minister quizzed on future of A69

Campaigners who are looking to divert traffic off the A69 in Cumbria will be meeting with the Transport Minister later to discuss their concerns and raise questions about the future of the road.

They want the road de-trunked to take lorries out of villages like Warwick Bridge and away from very rural communities.