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A66 to be closed for maintenance works

These drainage holes show the level the new carriageway will be. Credit: Highways England

The A66 will be fully closed from 8pm on Saturday evening (10 December) to 6am on Sunday morning (11 December), while Highways England carries out maintenance work.

A diversion will run between High Hill junction and Crosthwaite roundabout, and the aim is improving maintenance access to Kentigern Bridge along the A66 near Keswick as well as to four bridges along the M6 between junction 35 at Carnforth and junction 40 at Penrith.

Construction work is also ongoing to protect the road from flooding where it runs alongside Bassenthwaite Lake.

Highways England is raising the carriageway by almost a metre and a half, as part of a £1.5 million flood defence project.

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Woman suffering life threatening injuries following crash near Bothel

A woman is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries, following a collision between a car and a HGV on the A591 near Bothel this morning.

The A591 is currently closed in both directions between the A595 and B5291, and is expected to be closed for 'some time'.

The collision happened at around 10.15am and involved a Honda Jazz.

Police and fire services are on the scene, along with an air ambulance.

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M6 update: southbound remains closed

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The M6 southbound motorway is still closed just south of Penrith, between junction 40 and junction 39, due to a serious accident.

The collision involved a HGV lorry, a van and a car.

Queueing traffic on the M6 Credit: ITV Border

Police were also called at 8.35am to a one-vehicle collision. This occurred between J41 and J42 northbound, just prior to Southwaite Services.

The female driver of the car – a Renault Captur – was taken to Cumberland Infirmary to be checked over however she is not believed to have any serious injuries.

A further call was made to police at 8.45am with a report of a 4-vehicle collision near to J42. Officers attended the incident but the cars involved had already left the location.

M6 closed due to multiple car crashes

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The M6 is currently closed in multiple locations due to a series of car crashes this morning.

Police were called to a serious collision between J39 and J40 southbound, just south of Penrith, at 7.57am.

The road has been closed and motorists are advised to take the A66, then A6 south, to rejoin the motorway at J39.

Police have also been called to a one-vehicle collision at J41 and a four-vehicle collision at J42.

Police are reminding motorists to be careful on the roads due to the ice on routes around the county.

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