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Hartside to close for two weeks for £300,000 improvement works

A686 Alston to Hartside is popular with bikers

[C]umbria County Council will be resurfacing a section of the A686 during September, commencing on Monday 17 September for approximately two weeks. The works are weather dependent and form part of a £300,000 scheme to improve the condition of the road.

The works will be focused on the section between the C3005 (Renwick Junction) extending in a predominantly south westerly direction for approximately 3km up to the junction with the C3022 (Hazelrigg Junction). The resurfacing works are required to improve the surface of the road and form part of the council’s highways maintenance schedule.

A signed diversion will be in place via the unrestricted section of the A686 to A69 Hayden Bridge, A69 to M6 Junction 43, M6 South to M6 Junction 40, A66 East to Kemplay Roundabout, and unrestricted section of the A686. For traffic approaching from the North East, the diversion will be in the opposite direction of the above.

Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times.

Cllr Claire Driver, Member for Alston and East Fellside, said: “This work represents in excess of a £300,000 investment in the A686, which is a vital strategic route here in Eden. Being almost 2,000 feet above sea level means it takes a real battering from the wild weather, so making sure this road is in good condition in advance of the winter is essential. Our communities have asked repeatedly for this work to be done, and I’m extremely grateful for the excellent work by our area highways team which has made this possible.”

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