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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

Third crash on A66 at Kirkby Thore in one week

The crash closed the A66 for two hours Credit: Karen Quinn

A driver has suffered minor injuries in a crash involving a tractor and a lorry on the A66.

This is the third collision to have happened on this stretch of road at Kirkby Thore in one week.

The road was closed for two hours between the Main Street junction and the B6542 junction in Appleby.

A66 closed after two men injured in lorry collision

The A66 is closed between Kemplay Bank and Brough Credit: ITV Border

Two men have been taken to hospital following a serious collision involving two lorries on the A66.

Officers were called to the incident near to Kirkby Thore at around 9.30am.

One driver, a man in his 50s, from Scotland, was taken to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

Another driver, a man in his 40s, was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Police say the road is expected to be closed for five to six hours, in both directions, between Kemplay Bank and Brough.

92-year-old man who died following A66 crash named

The collision happened on the A66 near Threlkeld Credit: ITV Border

A man who died after being involved in a collision on the A66 has been named by police as 92-year-old Alec Bond, of Cockermouth.

Mr Bond died on Friday 22 December at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, following the crash on Tuesday 19 December, where the he car driving collided with a lorry near to Threlkeld.

The death has been referred to the HM Coroner for Newcastle.

Anyone with information should call PC691 Ormerod on 101.

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