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Maryport road remains closed due to unsafe building

Part of the A596 (Curzon Street) is closed in both directions. Credit: ITV Border

Part of the A596, Curzon Street in Maryport, is closed in both directions due to an unsafe building.

The section of road has been closed since about 3pm on Wednesday 1 August, after masonry was seen falling from a building near the Co-op store.

Allerdale council notified Connect Roads, which manages the A596 for the county council, and it took the decision to close the road.

The road closure is from the Station Street junction to the entrance of the Co-Op store. Pedestrian access remains and all businesses are open.

Vehicles can still access Station Street from Curzon Street, Mill Street Car Park and Senhouse Street.

Traffic is being diverted via Mealpot Road.

Credit: ITV Border

A survey carried out on the building showed part of the building to be structurally unsafe and a danger to the public.

Our contractors are on site carrying out the necessary work to make the building safe and ensure no more masonry will fall from it. They are working as quickly as possible to limit the disruption caused by the road closure. However, the safety of the public is our main priority."

– Council spokesperson


Northern Rail returns to full service on Lakes Line

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The train company, Northern Rail, has resumed full service on the Lakes Line.

Services between Oxenholme and Windermere have recently been hit with a series of cancellations and delays.

For almost eight weeks, all trains were cancelled and replaced with buses.

Operator Northern said timetable changes and driver shortages were to blame.

The company said 75% of services would be resumed on other lines as well, after an attempt to introduce new timetables in May collapsed because the drivers were not available to run the trains.

A compensation scheme has been introduced for affected season ticket holders.

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TRAVEL: M6 closure could affect Kendal Calling travellers

A HGV has collided with a bridge on the M6, closing it in both directions Credit: Lancashire Polie

The M6 is closed in both directions between J33 and J32 in Lancashire.

A HGV has collided with a bridge, making it unsafe.

The road has been closed since 8.30am this morning. Police say it's expected to remain closed into tonight and possibly into tomorrow.

You can see the latest update here.

Credit: North West Motorway Police


£1m upgrade of A69 in Carlisle starts

Part of the A69 Warwick Road Credit: Google Maps

A million pound upgrade of two junctions on the A69 in Carlisle has begun.

Improvements will be made to the Montgomery Way and Eastern Way junctions, with the bend being made wider to allow for better flow of traffic.

The work will last for around six months, according the Cumbria County Council.

The scheme has received some controversy, after the original proposals included a new extra lane and the chopping down of trees.

We’ve worked really closely with local residents around Warwick Road to design a scheme which takes on board their views and opinions.

Throughout the works, there will be temporary traffic lights in operation either at one of the junctions or at times both. Delays to journey times are likely and therefore we’d ask the public to consider using junctions 42 and 44 where possible as alternative routes into Carlisle.

I’m confident that the improvements will make a positive impact on traffic flow in and out of the city."

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Highways

A66 will close at weekends for 'total reconstruction'

The A66 between Kirkby Thore and Low Moor will close for seven weekends. Credit: Google Maps

A mile-long stretch of the A66 between Kirkby Thore and Low Moor, east of Penrith, is to close for seven weekends.

The road will close at 10pm on Fridays and will re-open at 3am on Mondays.

Engineers say the roads old foundations need to be completely rebuilt.

Motorists will face diversions along the A69 to the north or the M62 to the south.

The closure will start on 7 September.

We appreciate this will inconvenience some road users but we’ll be taking advantage of the closures to do as much work as possible here and at other locations which will spare drivers future inconvenience.”

– Stephen Mason, Project Manager for Highways England
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