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Copeland MP: Fatal crash 'every parent's worst nightmare'

The MP of Copland says she "can't imagine" how the families of two teenagers killed in a collision on the A595 are feeling.

Trudy Harrison lives in Bootle, close to where the accident happened.

I think it's every parent's worst nightmare.

We teach our children to drive, we live in a rural area, so they have to be independent to be able to access sixth form, training part time work, and it's always on our minds whenever they're out on the roads.

But of course, you never expect it to be your child.

I just can't imagine how those families are feeling.

– Trudy Harrison, Copeland MP


Driver 'failed to stop' after A595 collision

The accident. Credit: ITV Border

Police are searching for a driver who failed to stop after a collision on the A595 in west Cumbria.

It happened at the junction between Gosforth and Seascale at around 11:20am today.

A motorcycle and a silver vehicle - similar to a Peugeot 206 - were involved in a collision, however the driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the scene.

The 55-year-old male motorcyclist was injured in the collision, and is now in hospital in a stable condition.

Police say the silver vehicle is likely to have rear-end damage, and are appealing for the driver to come forwards.

It was believed to have been heading in the direction of Gosforth, or south on the A595, and police are urging anyone who sees it to contact them on 101.

The road was closed, but has now reopened.

A595 closed in both directions at The Highlands

A two vehicle road traffic collision has closed the A595 in both directions. Credit: PA

Police are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A595 near to The Highlands, Whitehaven.

Police were called today at 2.39pm following a two vehicle road traffic collision.

A full closure is in place as emergency services deal with the incident.

Southbound traffic is being diverted through Whitehaven town centre by New Road. Northbound traffic is being diverted through Inkerman Terrace.

Delays are to be expected.

Repairs for A595 bridge in west Cumbria

Work to repair a bridge along the A595 in Cumbria will get underway next Monday (12 September).

The £155,000 Highways England scheme will see the bridge at Blackbeck between Egremont and Calder Bridge re-waterproofed and concrete on the structure repaired.

Temporary traffic lights and a temporary speed limit will be in place around the clock during the repairs which Highways England say are expected to end on Monday 24 October.

“This is a vital repairs and maintenance programme and given the location we will need to install temporary traffic lights to ensure we can complete the work safely. We have instructed our contractors to ensure the traffic lights are monitored at key times during the day to prevent needless queueing and help minimise disruption to people’s journeys.

“In planning these works we have also involved key stakeholders such as Sellafield. The repairs are south of Blackbeck roundabout so that route remains available for people travelling to the complex from the Egremont side. Staff travelling from the Calder Bridge side can gain access without going near the bridge.”

– Mark Mosely, project manager Highways England

MP urges A595 improvements ahead of Budget

The A595 is Cumbria's longest, and sometimes busiest, road. Credit: ITV Border

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has written to Chancellor George Osborne ahead of tomorrow's Budget, to call for urgent road investment in Cumbria.

Mr Reed says the A595 "requires significant improvements" to cope with additional traffic from the planned new nuclear power station at Moorside.

The road is the longest in Cumbria, and at certain times the busiest.

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