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Parking spaces will bring 'improvements'

New parking restrictions came into force in Carlisle city centre this morning.

More than thirty new parking and loading spaces have been created in the disc zone around the historical quarter.

But parking outside of allocated bays could result in fines of up to £70. The city council say that the creation of extra free parking spaces around the cathedral will encourage more shoppers to come in to Carlisle to spend their money.

Keith Poole, City Engineer, is positive about the change:

Controversial parking comes to Carlisle

Controversial parking charges come in to force from today in Carlisle City centre Credit: ITV News Border

Controversial parking charges come in to force from today in Carlisle City centre.

The city council insists the move, which also includes new restricted parking in historical sites, will enhance the area but traders are concerned it will have a negative impact on their businesses.

A5086 closed after serious two vehicle crash

The A5086 has been closed following a serious crash.

Police were called at 4:27pm after two vehicles road collided on at A5086 near Oakhurst roundabout.

The Fire Service and Ambulance service are at the scene.

All motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Those in traffic are asked to remain patient.

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A75 to close for road repair

The A75 will be closed from 20th - 23rd June Credit: PA

Resurfacing of the A75, with improvements to the Castle Douglas Bypass, will continue and the road will be closed. Traffic will be diverted through the village from 7pm on Friday 20th June - 6am, 23rd June.

The method to repair the roads is called 'Crack and Seat' and has longer-term benefits to people in the region, says Scotland TranServ, working on behalf Transport Scotland.

The process involves removing the surface layer of the road and introducing hairline fractures into the base layer in order to allow for expansion and contraction during extreme weather conditions, which is why it's said to last longer.

The process has already been used on the Dumfries Bypass and the Annan Bypass and has been reported to have made significant savings in the volume of waste material sent to landfill compared with traditional road construction methods.

Roads to be closed for Aspatria Carnival

Police officers will be on duty in the town during the course of this event interacting with the community. Credit: PA

Roads will be closed for the upcoming annual carnival in Aspatria.

They are the A596 from Aspatria Business Park to the junction with B5301 Station Road and the length of B5301 Station Road from its junction with the A596 to the Aspatria Rugby Union Football Club.

They will be closed between 1.15pm and 3pm on the 14th June. Motorists are advised to avoid these roads during the period of the carnival.

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