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Roadworks in Cumbria

Highways England says the following roadworks will be in place in Cumbria next week:

M6 Junction 34 Lancaster

Work off the motorway on the Heysham Link project means the southbound exit slip road will be closed between 8pm on Friday (9 October) and 6am on Monday (12 October). A clearly-signed motorway diversion will be in place.

M6 Junction 38 Brough to Junction 39 Shap

Work to resurface sections of the southbound carriageway near Tebay Services started on 21 September. Contractors will also install new reflective road studs, replace road markings and carry out repairs to two bridges. Two lanes will be open to traffic during the day, between 6am and 8pm, and one lane overnight, between 8pm and 6am. The project is due to be completed by the end of October.

A595 (south of Workington)

Work to replace drainage and improve footpaths started on Monday 7 September between the junction with the A66 at Bridgefoot and further south at Winscales. The work is due to be completed by Friday 16 October. Work will be delivered using off-peak traffic signals between 9.30am and 3.30pm and again between 8pm and 6am each day.

A66 Appleby

A £1.76 million carriageway reconstruction project near Crackenthorpe began yesterday (1 October) and will last until Sunday 20 December. Temporary traffic lights will be in place from next week – manually controlled during the day – and a 40mph speed limit will also be in place past the road works.

Traffic delays expected in Dumfries

Roadworks at Three Road Ends in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

Roadworks for a new traffic system at Three Road Ends in Dumfries is expected to cause major delays.

The work will start on Monday 12 October, lasting for three weeks through the school holidays.

The new traffic system is hoped to ease congestion and benefit drivers in the long term.

Whether you are driving to work, cycling to the university and college or taking the bus to a hospital appointment, please be understanding of the situation. Plan ahead and give yourself extra time to complete your journey. I am confident the new traffic signal equipment will ease congestion in the area long-term."

– Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Road resurfacing set to cause traffic delays

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Drivers are set to face disruption when a £415,000 road improvement scheme gets underway near Dumfries.

Scotland TranServ is resurfacing a stretch of carriageway on the A5701 from Shieldhill to Blairhall Road - located around five miles north of Dumfries - from 7pm on Sunday 26 July to 6am Friday 7 August.

Transport Scotland say the scheme takes its investment in Dumfries and Galloway in the past 12 months to over £4.5 million.

While work is taking place a convoy system will be in operation overnight with two-way traffic lights in operation during day time hours although there will be no works or traffic management in place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August.

“This scheme will improve the busy section of road on the A701 for local residents, commercial businesses and motorists for years to come.

“Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter. Advanced warning signs will also be in place on the approach to inform motorists that roadworks are taking place.”

– Gordon Wilson, contract director for Scotland TranServ

Drainage improvements on major Cumbrian road

Flooding on the section of the A66 where work is taking place to improve drainage Credit: Highways England

A project to upgrade drainage on a stretch of the A66 near Penrith is due to start on Wednesday.

The month-long Highways England scheme will tackle flooding issues on the section of the road near Whinfell Park, around three miles east of the town.

The majority of the work will be carried out overnight although a temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place at all times of day for the safety of drivers. During night work (between 8pm and 6am) temporary traffic lights are going to be in use. Drivers may also be led through the roadworks in 10mph convoys on some occasions.

“The ditch next to the A66 is prone to becoming blocked which causes it to flood and leaves water on the road.

“We’ll be installing a new drainage system which should prevent this from happening again in the future, but we’ll need to have a temporary speed limit in place so the work can be carried out safely.

“The project will improve safety for drivers as it will reduce the risk of flooding on this stretch of road.”

– Peter Gee, Project Manager at Highways England

Langholm cable works as part of £750,000 electricity network upgrade

Underground cables Credit: Press Association

Motorists are likely to face disruption when new high voltage underground power cables are installed in Langholm as part of a £750,000 local electricity network investment project.

The new cabling will run from Meikleholm to the electricity substation on Caroline Street. SP Energy Networks has been working with land owners and residents to keep them informed of the project. Temporary four-way traffic lights will be in place on Caroline Street and Eskdale Street to allow for the underground cables to be installed until 31 July.

Due to the works there will also be restricted vehicle access to Meikleholm on weekdays between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm, with the potential for some weekend work as well. Residents will be kept updated by the local project team.

“This work forms part of an important investment project for Langholm, modernising the electricity network and reinforcing supplies for homes and businesses in the local area.

"We have planned the temporary traffic management measures as carefully as possible to keep any disruption to a minimum, and landowners and residents have been kept informed of our plans. This project is designed to bring long-term benefits to the area, and we apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause in the short term.”

– Donald Kennedy, Project Manager for SP Energy Networks

Delays expected in Carlisle area

Roadworks on the A689. Credit: ITV Border

Drivers travelling on two main routes in and out of Carlisle are likely to face disruption from this morning.

A Highways England scheme to install new street lights will see temporary traffic lights put up on the A69 at Warwick Bridge while roadworks continue on the A689 at Crosby-on-Eden.

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Roadworks costing £150 million to be carried out in Cumbria and North Lancashire

£150 million of improvements will be made. Credit: PA

More than £150 million of roadworks will be carried out on major roads in Cumbria, and north Lancashire, in the next five years.

Highways England will set out its plan for the region's motorways and A roads at an event in the Rheged Centre, near Penrith, today.

Transport bosses will explain how they will repair, maintain and improve roads including: the M6, M55, A585, A590, A595 and A66.

Last year, the government set out its £15 billion plan to improve the condition of England's roads.

The Department for Transport will also carry out studies into increasing the capacity of two other major roads - the A66 and A69.

But some motorists in the region are unhappy with roadworks already scheduled to take place over the next three months, on two of the major roads into Carlisle - the A69 and A689.

A66 roadworks delayed

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Work that was planned to start on the A66 today has been delayed until next week.

Drivers had been warned to allow an extra ten minutes for journeys as work to reduce flooding incidents along the section east of Keswick began.

But the roadworks, which will be in place just east of Briery Interchange with the A591, are now planned to start next Monday.

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