There's warnings issued for snow and ice across the region over the next few days. Here's how to drive safely in difficult conditions.Read the full story ›
Overturned vehicle on the M6 - CLEARED Two lanes are closed due to recovery work because of an overturned vehicle on the M6 Southbound between J40 A66 (Penrith) and J39 B6261 (Shap). Traffic is busy but moving.
Irish Street closed - Whitehaven B5345 Irish Street Westbound is closed due to a damaged building from Roper Street to Howgill Street.
Egremont Bridge closed Egremont Bridge is closed due to safety reasons at Church Street.
Kersey Bridge closed B5345 Kersey Bridge in Thornhill is closed due to safety reasons.
Ford Bridge closed New Road in Burneside is closed both ways due to emergency repairs at Bridge Street / New Street.
Windermere vehicle ferry not operating The vehicle ferry is not operating due to strong winds on Windermere between Bowness and Far Sawrey.
POLICE ARE URGING THE PUBLIC TO ONLY TRAVEL IF ESSENTIAL. Motorists should drive with caution and take emergency supplies such as blankets, food and water and mobile phones and chargers.
Added road closures:
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A number of bridges remain closed in Cumbria due to safety reasons following flooding across the county last week.
- B5345 Kersey Bridge at Thornhill
- Egremont Bridge at Egremont
Delays are expected and drivers are advised to plan alternative routes to their journeys.
Three youths have been caught tying a chain across a road in Ascot Way, Carlisle, at the entrance to The Ridings.
Cumbria Police were called to the incident around 7.40pm on 20 August, where the youths matching the description were found and warned about the dangers of such behaviour and their future actions.
Police in Hawick have teamed up with a local school to help promote road safety.Read the full story ›
New figures show that nearly 200 people were killed or seriously injured on country roads in Cumbria last year.
More than half of those people were aged between 17 and 34.
THINK! - the government's campaign for safer driving - is urging people to be more cautious.
A drama scheme teaching young children about road safety in the Carlisle area could be rolled out across Cumbria.
Pyjama Drama was set up by Sarah Watt, after her seven-year-old son was hit by a car.
The scheme is being supported by Cumbria County Council.
A powerful new campaign from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland, urges drivers to watch their speed on country roads and help reduce the number of fatalities.
"Don't miss what's round the corner. Watch your speed on country roads". thats the message from the Scottish Government as they launch a road safety campaign.
Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads - over half (55%).
Last year alone 755 people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads and three out of four of those were men.
Loss of control is the biggest cause of deaths on country roads, frequently associated with driving too fast for the conditions and leaving too little time to react to unpredictable road conditions and hazards.
Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said:
We are committed to achieving safer road travel in Scotland for everyone and clearly we are heading in the right direction. However we still have a long way to go, particularly with younger male drivers.
This campaign encourages motorists in Scotland to drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions, particularly on country roads as there is a higher proportion of fatalities in rural areas.
We know the risks are associated with inappropriate and excessive speeds, which is why Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 has speed as one of its priorities and includes a variety of measures to tackle the problem.
We have been making good progress, but there is still more to be done to help reduce fatalities on our roads.”
You can watch the highly emotive campaign advert here:
Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland said:
We are urging drivers to take extra care on country roads, as you never know what hazards are waiting round the corner or when something unexpected might happen.
It’s important to drive according to the road conditions as driving even slightly too fast can turn avoidable incidents into serious and ultimately fatal crashes. We hope this new campaign will contribute to a reduction of deaths on Scotland’s roads.”
Scotland and Glasgow rugby player, Stuart Hogg, tragically lost his best friend, Richard Wilkinson, in a crash on a country road in 2009 and is supporting the campaign.
Losing my best mate Richard will live with me forever and was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It could have easily been me and I think about him every day and all of the things he’s missed out on.
I’m supporting the new campaign to encourage people to take extra care on country roads and I hope I’m doing Richard and his family proud.”
Stuart Hogg has been involved with the campaign to help promote road safety, particularly amongst younger drivers.
You can watch the video below
The campaign is running throughout Scotland across multiple channels including TV, cinema, outdoor, radio, digital advertising.
A hard-hitting session aimed at cutting the number of young drivers killed or seriously injured in the south of Scotland is being held today.
Hundreds of students from across Dumfries and Galloway will be shown a reconstructed crash scene at Dumfries Academy as part of the Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign.
Police in the Scottish Borders are urging parents, young people and motorists to take care on the roads over the summer.Read the full story ›