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Carlisle roadworks: communication 'could have been better'

The A689. Credit: ITV Border

From Monday the two major routes linking the North East to Carlisle will both have significant road works ongoing.

Work on the A689 between Brampton and Kingstown has been taking place for months, and work begins on the A69 next week.

The County Council and Highways England say they are doing their best to minimise disruption - but some drivers feel that the two jobs should have been staggered.

Councillor Nick Marriner, whose parish is in the area that could be affected, says communication could have been better:

There could have been better communication between the Highways Authority who deal with this road, and the Council who deal with that road.

But the work has to be done, it's important work and they have to do it in summer."

– Nick Marriner, Cumbria County Council


Disruption for drivers on A69

Works will disrupt drivers in the Warwick Bridge area. Credit: PA

There will be disruption for drivers on the A69 in Cumbria, as road works are planned between July and September this year.

A new LED lighting system is being installed along the road, and the current street lights need to be replaced.

Lanes will be closed from the top of Warwick Bank to the Corby Hill crossroads in Cumbria - known locally as Warwick Bridge - from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day when the work starts on 13 July.

The works will go on until 18 September, and in the final two weeks some night time closures will also be necessary, between 6pm and 8am.

The new lights are more eco-friendly and will also improve light pollution for residents.

We are carrying out this work during the day to minimise the impact on residents although there will be some overnight work planned for the last two weeks of the scheme in September.

The overnight work is away from residential properties and also on a narrow section of road and by carrying out the work overnight it will minimise the disruption for drivers.”

– Highways England project manager Kyle Maylard

Overnight resurfacing work for A69

The resurfacing works could disrupt overnight travellers. Credit: PA

Resurfacing work will be taking place on the A69, between Cumbria and Northumberland, overnight from Monday 13 July.

A speed limit of 40mph will be in force, and lanes will be closed, between 7pm and 7am.

The work will begin at the Town Foot Junction in Haltwhistle on 13 July, and will last for two weeks.

Attention will then turn to the south of Brampton Roundabout at Gelt, for one week, and then the Redpeth junction at Spital for approximately one week on Friday 27 July.

The final phase of work will take place between Scarrow Hill and Naworth in Cumbria on Monday 3 August, and will last one week.

  • There will be an overnight road closure on Saturday 25 July at Gelt, while the road across a narrow bridge is resurfaced
  • During the closure drivers travelling eastbound will be diverted at the M6 junction 46, on to the M6 to junction 44, along the A689 to Brampton roundabout where the diversion ends
  • Local traffic travelling westbound will follow the same route in the opposite direction

A69 reopens following crash

The A69 has opened following a temporary closure today (20th November) after a van crashed with a wall.

The incident happened at 4.30pm yesterday (19th November). The driver of the red Vauxhall van, a 52-year-old man from Hexham, was uninjured.

Police thank drivers for their patience.


Three injured in A69 crash

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Three people have been injured in a crash on the A69 at Haltwhistle.

A car and a lorry collided around 11.30am today (19th November).

Medics helped with two patients. A 69-year-old man, from Carlisle, was treated for serious chest injuries and then flown to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. When he arrived at the hospital, it's said he was in a stable condition.

A69 upgrade: the pros and cons

Could the main road linking Cumbria to the North East soon be upgraded to a dual carriageway? MPs from our region met George Osborne this week to press for improvements to the A69.

Plans include dualling the remaining single carriageway stretch between Brampton and Hexham, and the possibility of a bypass at Warwick Bridge.

Kate Walby reports on the pros and cons.

Dual A69 debate: 'We're determined to win this time'

There's fresh hope for campaigners fighting for the A69 to be dualled between Hexham and Carlisle.

It comes after the Chancellor said he's considering a feasibility study on the idea. Carlisle MP John Stevenson has had a private meeting with George Osborne to discuss the need to make the road safer. Some residents in Warwick Bridge want the study to also include plans for a bypass.

Cllr Nick Marriner is a Warwick Bridge resident:

Dual A69 debate: 'I think it will undoubtedly help'

Campaigners fighting for the A69 to be dualled between Hexham and Carlisle have welcomed reports that the chancellor is considering authorising a a feasibility study on the proposal.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has had a private meeting with George Osborne to discuss the need to make the road safer.

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