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Five-year roadworks plan for Cumbria announced

The improvements have been announced. Credit: PA

A five-year plan for roadworks in Cumbria and North Lancashire, costing £150 million, has been revealed today.

Highways England is aiming to improve the condition and capacity of major roads in the region.

Transport bosses met in Penrith to discuss the plan, which includes improvement works to the M6, M55, A585, A590, A595 and A66.

More than £30 million will be spent this year on the following schemes:

  • M6 resurfacing north of junction 34 at Lancaster and on the southbound carriageway near Burton-in-Kendal services, and new deer fencing along the motorway
  • M55 resurfacing along the eastbound carriageway at Wesham
  • A66 upgrades to drainage between Lambfoot and Dubwath, east of Cockermouth, and resurfacing of the Stainburn bypass and the dual carriageway section near Crackenthorpe outside Appleby
  • A585 resurfacing between Station Road and Dock Street near Fleetwood, and drainage upgrades between Mains Lane and Shard Lane near Poulton
  • A590 resurfacing around the Brettargh Holt roundabout, north of the junction 36 of the M6, and a project to reduce collisions involving slow moving vehicles emerging from Foulshaw Lane near Levens
  • A595 resurfacing between Blackbeck and Nursery Road, and between Blackbeck and Calder Bridge

Road users in Cumbria and north Lancashire will share in the Government’s massive investment in the road network over the next five years.

The North West’s motorways and dual carriageways form the backbone for the region’s economy and this huge investment will ensure they remain healthy for many years to come.

It’s vital that we continue to improve the existing road network which is why we’re investing millions of pounds on resurfacing, safety barriers and other maintenance projects across the whole North West region, including Cumbria and North Lancashire.”

– Alan Shepherd, North West Regional Director at Highways England

Roadworks costing £150 million to be carried out in Cumbria and North Lancashire

£150 million of improvements will be made. Credit: PA

More than £150 million of roadworks will be carried out on major roads in Cumbria, and north Lancashire, in the next five years.

Highways England will set out its plan for the region's motorways and A roads at an event in the Rheged Centre, near Penrith, today.

Transport bosses will explain how they will repair, maintain and improve roads including: the M6, M55, A585, A590, A595 and A66.

Last year, the government set out its £15 billion plan to improve the condition of England's roads.

The Department for Transport will also carry out studies into increasing the capacity of two other major roads - the A66 and A69.

But some motorists in the region are unhappy with roadworks already scheduled to take place over the next three months, on two of the major roads into Carlisle - the A69 and A689.

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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