Hazardous weather conditions causes major travel disruption across Cumbria

Weather warnings are in place all day Credit: Phil Wilkinson

Slow down - that's the message from Cumbria Police warning motorists to careful on the roads and watch out for ice on untreated surfaces across the region.

Heavy snow and rain overnight has caused several road traffic collisions, including a fatal accident on the A66 near to Stainton, Penrith. A man driving a Jaguar was pronounced dead at the scene after a collision with a HGV.

Following the incident, Highways England implemented road closures at Penruddock and Rheged, and the police force said the road would be "closed for some time". Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.

Cumbria county Council says its gritters will continue to work throughout the day to clear affected roads. The 'Cumbria Gritters' Twitter account warned of extremely hazardous driving conditions in Alston, Kirkby Stephen and Shap.

The council's gritting service says it treated 2,200 miles of road, using 176 tonnes salt in the last 24 hours. The official Twitter account said, "Our teams dealt with some of the worst freezing ice we've seen for many years".

Council has warned of awful conditions on A592 at Kirkstone Pass Credit: @CumbriaGritters, Twitter

Earlier, train lines were disrupted due to a landslip between Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere. Northern rail services were affected for several hours until the route was cleared.

Passengers travelling between Whitehaven and Carlisle have been warned the service is suspended in both directions due to flooding on the line.


The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 9pm this evening.