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£390,000 A66 safety improvements for Thornthwaite in Cumbria

Drivers and residents will benefit from a major safety improvement along the A66 near Keswick in Cumbria.

The £390,000 project along the Keswick-bound carriageway at Thornthwaite will start on Monday (29 October) and will be completed before Christmas. The single lane section of the road will be widened before work to install a dedicated right turn into the junction for Thornthwaite village

The safety improvement, which is similar to the one provided at the junction for Braithwaite village a few hundred metres south, will help keep traffic moving along the A66 and reduce the risk of collisions involving vehicles waiting to turn right.

Highways England project manager William Paterson said:  “Delivery of the scheme will involve some short term disruption but provide a long term benefit for road users turning right into Braithwaite and Thornthwaite”

The improvement is backed by Above Derwent Parish Council.

The area has also recently benefited from a £300,000 project to add nearly a kilometre of cycle track along the A66 between the 2 villages.

To deliver the new dedicated right turn, temporary traffic lights will be in place between 8.30am and 5pm each day with surfacing works taking place between 7pm and 6am overnight.  The junction itself will be closed for the duration of the project.

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