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TRAFFIC: abnormal load on A69

Police will be escorting a slow moving abnormal load this morning from the A69 Northumbria boundary at Greenhead to Lowca Lane, Seaton.

It will start around 10:30am via the A69 route, A689 Northern Relief Road at Carlisle, and A595 to Thursby.

The load will then travel to Seaton via the A596.

Motorists should expect delays until approximately 2:30pm.

To keep up to date with the situation on Cumbria roads please visit: the Cumbria Police website.

Accident on A7

Part of the A7 closed for a brief period this morning following an accident involving three vehicles.

A mini-bus, a transit van and a car collided on the Bowland straight at about 7.30am.

The emergency services closed the road four miles north of Galashiels for around 15 minutes.

It was re-opened as a single lane of traffic to allow the last of the debris to be cleared.

Police Scotland said there were no injuries


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.

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