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Work on A66 to improve cycle and foot path

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A two week Highways England project aiming to prevent abuse of a cycle and foot path in Cumbria began on Monday.

Work is taking place along the A66 between Brigham and Cockermouth.

A new gate is being installed at the entry to the footpath between Fitz roundabout and Lamplugh roundabout.

It is hoped the gate will stop motorised vehicles such as motorcycles from using the footpath, which will make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Police investigate spate of hit and runs

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Police Scotland is investigating three separate hit and run car crashes that have happened over the last four days in Dumfries and Galloway.

The first occurred on Saturday, at around 4.30pm, on the road between Gretna Green and Chapelknowe. A Skoda Octavia car was pushed to the side of the road by a white car that failed to stop after the collision.

Yesterday, at sometime between 12.15pm and 12.50pm, a silver Vauxhall Agila was struck and damaged while parked in Sheuchan Street in Stranraer by a car that failed to stop.

In the third case, which also occurred yesterday, a red coloured Skoda Fabia car, which was parked in Kenilworth Road in Dumfries, was struck and damaged by a vehicle that continued to drive without stopping after the incident. Police are keen to find the driver of a white coloured box lorry seen in the area at this time.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact police.

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Rail services from Carlisle to Scotland delayed

People travelling from Carlisle to Scotland, via Lockerbie, may be delayed by up to 20 minutes.

It's because of a train fault, and disruption is expected to last until 6pm.

Death crash in Dumfries and Galloway

Police Scotland are investigating a fatal accident on the A7 around two miles from Langholm yesterday.

It is believed the mini involved crashed down an embankment on the main road between Edinburgh and Carlisle.

The driver died at the scene.

Police believe that the accident occured between 2am and 7:30am and no other vehicles were involved.

The road was closed until 4:30pm with diversions running both north and south.

We are trying to establish the cause of the accident and to find out the exact time it happened. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or anyone who saw the vehicle registration mark YG64XU during the evening and overnight on Friday.

– Police Scotland

Delays expected on the A69, A689, and A595 for second day

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For the second day, delays are expected on the A69 between Greenhead and Lowca Lane, Seaton.

Police will be escorting a slow moving "abnormal" load this morning from about 10.30am, via the A69, A689 Northern Relief Road at Carlisle, and A595 to Thursby. The load will then travel to Seaton via the A596.

Motorists are being told they should prepare for delays until approximately 2:30pm.

Almost 1/3rd of taxis deemed unfit in police clamp down

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Almost 1/3rd of taxis in Dumfries and Galloway were deemed unfit for purpose following a police clamp down last weekend.

On Friday, officers from the Divisional Roads Policing Team at Dumfries carried out checks on taxis and private hire cars in the area.

A total of eighteen vehicles were stopped, with only eight achieving a clean bill of health.

Of the rest, five were "prohibited from continuing to operate due to mechanical concerns", with the other five allowed to continue despite the identification of minor defects.

A review of licensing conditions relating to taxis and private hire cars is currently being undertaken by the Local Authority.

It is important that members of the public are confident that the vehicles they are hiring are roadworthy and safe.

We also take the opportunity to check that drivers are correctly licensed. Taxis and private hire cars can cover a very high mileage between mandatory maintenance tests .

We work closely with the Local Authority to report and identify any serious issues. Fortunately, in most occasions vehicles are kept up to a good standard and often advice can be provided."

– Inspector David Blacklock, Licensing Section at Cornwall Mount

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Delays expected on the A69, A689, and A595

Delays are expected on the A69 from 10.30am Credit: PA

Delays are expected today on the A69 between Greenhead and Lowca.

Police will be escorting a slow moving "abnormal" load this morning from about 10.30am, via the A69, the A689 Northern Relief Road at Carlisle, and the A595 to Thursby.

Motorists should prepare for delays until approximately 2:30pm.

Motorcyclists freshen up road safety skills

A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.

Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.

Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:

One in four road fatalities involve bikers

Bikers attend special safety training open day Credit: ITV News Border

Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.

Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.

Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.

However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.

"I've just bought another bike, and as much as i've been riding other bikes in the past, i can always learn. And this is an opportunity to learn properly."

– Allan Pattie, Motorcyclist

Borders bikers safety open day

Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.

The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.

The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.

There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.

The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.

"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and helps to save lives is worth promoting."

– Councillor Donald Moffat, Scottish Borders Council
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