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Traffic delays likely as slow-moving load travels through Cumbria

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Motorists in Cumbria are being warned to expect delays tomorrow morning when a slow-moving abnormal load travels through the county.

The wind turbine generator will leave Tebay via the M6 northbound at 9am and travel to junction 40 at Penrith.

It's then due to head west along the A66, to the A595 and on to Branthwaite Road, Workington.

Police say the load is likely to disrupt traffic and drivers should plan extra time for their journeys.

To keep up to date with the situation on Cumbria roads visit: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic.

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

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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.

Traffic warning: A7 closed

The road is closed both ways after an accident this morning. One vehicle was involved in the incident which took place between The Loan (Selkirk) and B6359 (Hawick). Police say it is likely to remain closed for some time The northbound diversion is via the A698 through Denholm, left onto A68 and left onto A699 at St Boswells.

Delays expected on the A69, A689, and A595 for second day

Delays are expected from 10.30am Credit: PA

For the second day, delays are expected on the A69 between Greenhead and Lowca Lane, Seaton.

Police will be escorting a slow moving "abnormal" load this morning from about 10.30am, via the A69, A689 Northern Relief Road at Carlisle, and A595 to Thursby. The load will then travel to Seaton via the A596.

Motorists are being told they should prepare for delays until approximately 2:30pm.

Delays expected on the A69, A689, and A595

Delays are expected on the A69 from 10.30am Credit: PA

Delays are expected today on the A69 between Greenhead and Lowca.

Police will be escorting a slow moving "abnormal" load this morning from about 10.30am, via the A69, the A689 Northern Relief Road at Carlisle, and the A595 to Thursby.

Motorists should prepare for delays until approximately 2:30pm.

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Money to prevent potholes on Eden roads

Almost £5,000 is to be spent improving roads in the Eden district, Cumbria County Council's Eden Local Committee has announced.

The money will be spent on maintaining the traditional fingerpost road signs, drainage works and surfacing on the highways.

The idea is that this will help prevent potholes from forming:

“In an area like Eden, where we are inevitably more reliant on our cars, the quality of the road network is so important.

"The investment that we will make over the next year will see over 80 miles of road resurfaced and numerous other schemes delivered, making a huge difference to those travelling in the district.

“This preventative approach is cost effective and makes even more sense in these economically straightened times.”

– Cllr Martin Stephenson, Chair of Eden Local Committee

Public asked for opinions on Cumbria road investments

The council has plans for £2m of improvements.

Plans for £2m of investments to Cumbria's roads are to go on display next month, and the public are being asked for their say.

The council says the changes could mean improvements to roads and footways, and more crossing opportunities for pedestrians at Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, and the A591 at Brockhole, Low Wood Bay and Town End, Grasmere.

People are welcome at the following drop in sessions:

  • Monday 13 April, 3pm - 6pm at Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate, Grasmere
  • Thursday 16 April, 11am - 2pm at Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre
  • Thursday 16 April, 3pm - 5pm at Windermere Library, Broad Street, Windermere

“We want people to tell us what they think of the improvements, so they can be taken into account when we finalise plans for these key locations. Nothing is set in stone yet and we’d like to hear from as many people as possible.”

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport

The plans will also be on public display at Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, from 1 - 21 April.

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