Press release

Overnight A66 closures at Bassenthwaite Lake for resurfacing

Smoother, safer journeys are on the way for users of the A66 around Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria.

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The £596,000 Highways England resurfacing project starts on Monday (8 August).

The dual carriageway section of the eastbound A66 between Dubwath and Beck Wythop junctions is being resurfaced which will be taking place until early September – with a break over the August bank holiday weekend when Highways England traditionally removes road works to give drivers smoother holiday journeys.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said:

These are essential wear and tear repairs to ensure everyone using the A66 in this part of Cumbria can continue to enjoy safe and smooth journeys.

The majority of the works will be done between 8pm and 6am overnight using full carriageway closures each and with signed diversions for through traffic – with most vehicles able to rejoin the A66 at Keswick via the A595 at Papcastle roundabout and A591 from Bothel.

However, HGV drivers – many heading to the M6 at Penrith – will need to build in some extra time to take what is quite a long diversion route, continuing along the A595 from Papcastle to the outskirts of Carlisle and joining the M6 at junction 44 from the A689 - rejoining the A66 if required from junction 40 at Penrith.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 5 August 2016