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'Slow down and show some respect'

It can be a dangerous and, at times, a demoralising job.

Eight people died working on England's motorways and major A roads between 2009 and 2013, and a minority of drivers also spit at and throw things at roadworkers.

Now, the Highways Agency and emergency services in Cumbria have started a new campaign urging drivers to slow down and show some respect.

Katie Hunter reports:

Cumbria drivers urged to stick to speed limit

The Highways Agency and emergency services in Cumbria are urging drivers to stick to temporary speed limits on motorways.

They've released footage of a lorry on the M6 crashing through cones and narrowly missing a breakdown vehicle. Eight people died while working on England's motorways and major A-roads between 2009 and 2013.

It's hoped the campaign will encourage drivers to slow down and respect roadworkers:

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Highways Agency says Cumbria is prepared for winter

The Highways Agency says Cumbria is well prepared for any severe weather this winter. It has 17 gritters available across Cumbria and North Lancs and nine depots, each holding hundreds of tonnes of salt. The Agency also says two snow-blowing machines can be used if the weather turns very wintry.

The gritters can be mobilised in under an hour, which includes the time needed to load the vehicles and they say all A roads and motorways should be gritted in under three hours.The Highways Agency is showing off its fleet of vehicles at its Penrith depot today.

At the same time it's encouraging drivers to travel safely this winter. It's giving the following advice to people who are delayed by maintenance or improvement works on the roads:

  • Keep within the speed limit
  • Get into the correct lane in good time
  • Concentrate on the road ahead, not roadworks
  • Be alert for traffic entering or leaving roadworks
  • Keep a safe distance
  • Observe all signs