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£1m upgrade of A69 in Carlisle starts

Part of the A69 Warwick Road Credit: Google Maps

A million pound upgrade of two junctions on the A69 in Carlisle has begun.

Improvements will be made to the Montgomery Way and Eastern Way junctions, with the bend being made wider to allow for better flow of traffic.

The work will last for around six months, according the Cumbria County Council.

The scheme has received some controversy, after the original proposals included a new extra lane and the chopping down of trees.

We’ve worked really closely with local residents around Warwick Road to design a scheme which takes on board their views and opinions.

Throughout the works, there will be temporary traffic lights in operation either at one of the junctions or at times both. Delays to journey times are likely and therefore we’d ask the public to consider using junctions 42 and 44 where possible as alternative routes into Carlisle.

I’m confident that the improvements will make a positive impact on traffic flow in and out of the city."

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Highways

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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

Northern Rail resumes limited service on Lakes Line

A limited number of shuttle services have resumed on the Lakes Line. Credit: PA

Northern Rail is running trains on the Lakes Line for the first time in nearly a month.

A limited number of shuttle services have resumed on the Lakes Line, which runs trains between Oxenholme and Windermere.

All trains were stopped last month due to timetable changes and staffing issues. This led to a number of delays and cancellations.

There will be replacement buses to cover staff breaks.

Northern Rail has not yet said when services will return to a normal timetable.

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Carlisle's Victoria Viaduct set to reopen tonight

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A major route in Carlisle will reopen this evening, after it was forced to close for almost two months.

Contractors working to make the former Central Plaza Hotel on Victoria Viaduct safe have confirmed that work will be completed at 9.00pm.

Carlisle City Council said both Victoria Viaduct and West Walls, including footpaths, will reopen soon after.

The footpath in front of the Central Plaza building will remain closed.

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Traffic warning ahead of Guid Nychburris

Guid Nychburris. Credit: ITV Border

Traffic restrictions will be in force in Dumfries this Saturday, 16 June, for the annual Guid Nychburris parade.

Police say all town centre roads will be closed from 4:30pm, ahead of the start of the parade at 5pm.

The closures will remain in place until around 8pm, and the A75 Dumfries bypass is expected to be busier as a result.

The festival began in 1932. It includes the crowning of the Queen of the South, and culminates in the Riding of the Marches on the third Saturday of June.

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ITV's Regional News across the North came together in a special broadcast on the continuing rail crisis

For the first time ever three of the ITV regions in the North of England came together to tell one story - and to get some answers about the rail chaos and when services will improve.

From Calendar, LookAround and Granada Reports we put viewers experiences of late or cancelled trains to the rail bosses to find out what went so badly wrong and what they're going to do to fix it.

We will continue to press for answers and improvements, so keep sharing your commutes with us and how the transport crisis is affecting you.

Watch the full programme here:

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