Patrick McLoughlin said his thoughts are with the family of Adam Gibb, who died, and his colleague who was injured, while working on the M6.Read the full story ›
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The man who died in a road traffic collision on the M6 has been identified as Adam Gibb, 51, from Penrith.
Cumbria Police were called to reports of a vehicle veering off the M6 southbound between junction 37 and 38 yesterday afternoon, February 21.
A black Mercedes left the carriageway colliding with two Highways England officers who were at the side of the carriageway dealing with a separate incident.
Adam Gibb died at the scene as a result of the collision.
The second Highways England officer, a 51-year-old man from Kirby Stephen, was transferred to James Cook hospital with serious injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition.
The southbound carriageway of the M6 was closed for nine hours as emergency services dealt with the incident.
- Anyone who may have witnessed the collision can call 101.
A on-duty traffic officer was killed, and a colleague seriously injured, in a collision on the M6 in Cumbria, Highways England has confirmed.
The crash happened on February 21, between junction 38 to junction 37.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene. A second was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Our thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the two Highways England traffic officers who were involved in this terrible incident.
The police are carrying out an investigation and we are assisting them in any way that we can.
Everyone at Highways England has been deeply affected by this incident and we would ask that the privacy of those closest to the officers is respected at this difficult time.”
The southbound carriageway was closed for nine hours yesterday as emergency services dealt with the incident.
One person has died and another is seriously injured after a collision on the M6 southbound in Cumbria.
It happened between J38 (Tebay) to J37 (Killington Lake). Emergency services are at the scene and diversions are in place.
The road is expected to remain closed for several hours.
M6 SB CLOSED J38-J37 RTC.SB traffic use J39 and A6 to Kendal re joining M6 at J36.Will be closed for several hours.
The following roadworks will be taking place in Cumbria next week:
A £1.76 million carriageway reconstruction project near Crackenthorpe began in mid-October and will last until Sunday 20 December. Temporary traffic lights are in place – manually controlled during the day – and a 40mph speed limit will also be in place past the road works.
A66 Bassenthwaite Lake
A programme of work to update safety cameras and carry out rock face protection started on Tuesday 2 September – with the westbound carriageway closed and a contraflow system in operation using a lane on the eastbound carriageway.
A £500,000 project to remove a bottleneck west of Penrith was due to be completed on Sunday (8 November). The work will now be completed by Monday 23 November. The work has involved widening the single lane carriageway to incorporate two new dedicated right turns into businesses on either side of the road – reducing queuing and shunt-style collisions.
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.”
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.
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:
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: