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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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Cumbria's main roads 'improving'

Main roads have improved, rural roads are worse. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's main roads are improving, and fewer need maintenance, according to the Department for Transport... but its rural roads are in greater need of repair than before.

A survey of road conditions, carried out as part of a national monitoring programme, found:

  • Principal A class roads in need of repair has fallen from 6% to 5% between 2011/12 and 2013/14
  • Non-principal roads (B and C class roads) in need of maintenance has also gone down, from 17% to 14%, over the same period
  • Sight rise for unclassified, minor rural roads needing maintenance, which rose from 15% to 17%

“Maintaining and improving our roads is one of the council’s key priorities and the DfT figures show there has been a small, but steady improvement in the condition of our busiest roads over recent years.

"This reflects the improvements we’ve made to the highways maintenance service in recent years, including investment in plant and machinery and co-ordinating our work more consistently.

"I appreciate that our roads are far from perfect, particularly at this time of year before the spring and summer maintenance programme has stepped up.

But our highways teams are working hard to make the most of increasingly limited resources and these figures show they are making a real difference.”

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

The council estimates that around £250 million more is required to bring the county’s highways network up to a good or reasonable standard.

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.

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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.

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.

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