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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