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Work on Penrith's roads starts

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Cumbria County Council is starting work on a major £2.3m road improvements scheme in Penrith.

It hopes the project will improve access to the Gilwilly Industrial Estate and Eden Business Park, and that this will open up the town for future business growth and potential new jobs.

The first phase will involve putting in an extra lane on the A592 Ullswater Road roundabout for southbound traffic and a revised layout for traffic exiting southbound from Haweswater Road.

Homes evacuated after lorry blaze

Homes were evacuated this morning following a lorry fire in Dumfries and Galloway.

Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze on the A712 at Balmaclellan near New Galloway.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were mobilised to the incident in response to a 999 call made at 11:15am, with two appliances initially sent from Dalbeattie and New Galloway.

A third appliance was dispatched from Castle Douglas at the request of first responders and firefighters in breathing apparatus are working to extinguish the fire using a high pressure jet.

Police Scotland officers are in attendance to control traffic on surrounding roads as the lorry is situated at a junction.

Nearby homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure however residents have since been allowed to return to the properties following confirmation that two propane cylinders on the vehicle are empty.

There are no reports of any injuries.

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Multi-million pound plans to ease congestion

The plans have been drawn up to ease congestion in the city Credit: ITV Border

Multi-million pound plans have been drawn up to ease congestion on Carlisle's roads over the next 15 years.

Cumbria County Council has spent £30,000 on a study, looking at improvements to routes including Hardwicke Circus, and sections of Warwick Road, Botchergate and Scotland Road.

It's in support of Carlisle City Council's Local Plan, which looks at where thousands of new homes could potentially be built. The report identifies problems if large-scale developments take place.

The plans include adding extra lanes, and new walkways and cycle paths.

The total cost for the highway infrastructure is estimated between £3 and 4.05 million and the "sustainable infrastructure" scheme at around £4.6 million.

£8 million wish-list for Carlisle's roads

Congestion in the city last week Credit: ITV Border

An £8 million wish-list for the future of Carlisle's road and transport network has been drawn up.

The proposal aims to ease congestion over the next 15 years as potential housing developments increase pressure on the city's roads.

The wish-list was drawn up following a £30,000 study that was jointly commissioned by Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council.

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A590 roadworks begin next week

Roadworks on the A590 in Cumbria will begin on the 1st September.

The Highways Agency is spending £115,000 to renew road markings and install new road studs. They say this will allow drivers to have safer journeys.

The work will be between 8am - 6pm until the 20th September and take place:

  • Between Park Roundabout and Booths Roundabout in Ulverston from Monday 1 September to Monday 8 September
  • On isolated small sections of the carriageway between Arrad Foot and the Low Newton Bypass from Monday 8 September to Saturday 13 September
  • Various locations between Meathop Roundabout and Brettargh Holt Roundabout from Monday 15 September to Saturday 20 September

Drivers warned about heavy rain

Drivers in Dumfries and Galloway are being warned about the dangers of driving in heavy rain.

Heavy rainfall in the area is making for difficult driving conditions. Police are asking motorists to be alert for areas of standing water and to be mindful of the dangers of driving in such conditions.

Drivers are being encouraged to drive to the conditions they come across when on the roads.

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