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Road closures update: Dumfries and Galloway

All major routes throughout Dumfries and Galloway are now open. Drivers are reminded to stay alert for surface water and potential ice on the roads.

  • B7068 Lockerbie closed in both directions between Corrie Road and B722 in Waterbeck due to unsafe bridge.

For further information, visit Dumfries and Galloway council website.



Cumbria roadworks update

Highways England is carrying out work on a number of roads. Credit: ITV Border

Roadworks are taking place on a number of roads in Cumbria next week:

  • M6 Junction 38 Brough to Junction 39 Shap - work to resurface sections of the southbound carriageway near Tebay Services is due to start on Monday 21 September. Contractors will also install new reflective road studs, replace road markings and carry out repairs to two bridges. Two lanes will be open to traffic during the day, between 6am and 8pm, and one lane overnight, between 8pm and 6am. A 50mph speed limit will be in place. The southbound exit slip road will also be closed overnight on Wednesday 23 September, and the southbound entry slip road will be closed overnight on Thursday 24 September, with diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by the end of October.
  • A66 - a three week programme of work to update safety cameras and carry out rock face protection started on Tuesday 2 September, with the westbound carriageway closed for three weeks and a contraflow system in operation using a lane on the eastbound carriageway.
  • A590 Brettargh Holt roundabout to M6 Junction 36 - the eastbound carriageway on the A590 will be closed overnight for resurfacing work on Friday 25 September between the junction with the A591 at Brettargh Holt roundabout and junction 36 of the M6. The closure will be in place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow a clearly-signed diversion route.
  • A590 Meathop - overnight maintenance work will be taking place along the eastbound carriageway between Meathop roundabout and Witherslack on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September, between 8pm and 6am each night. A full closure of the eastbound carriageway will be in place. Drivers heading for the M6 will need to leave the A590 at Newby Bridge, taking the northbound A592 up to Windermere, the A591 towards Kendal, and then re-joining the A590 at Brettargh Holt roundabout.
  • A590 Lindal-in-Furness - temporary traffic lights will be in use on the A590, west of Lindal, for two weeks from Monday 14 September for maintenance work.
  • A595 Workington - work to replace drainage and improve footpaths started on Monday 7 September between the junction with the A66 at Bridgefoot and further south at Winscales. The work is due to be completed by Friday 16 October. Temporary traffic lights will operate between 9.30am and 3.30pm, and again between 8pm and 6am each day.

Traffic delays likely as slow-moving load travels through Cumbria

Credit: Press Association

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:

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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