A66 Penrith to Durham closed to high sided vehcles

The A66 between Penrith and Durham has been closed to high sided vehicles due to weather conditions.

The Environment Agency have issued flood warnings due to tidal flooding between Friday and Sunday, as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves. This could lead to localised spray and wave-over tipping at exposed coastal locations and promenades, and the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land.

Cumbria Police, along with partner agencies, are telling people not to go near harbours, promenades, coastal and exposed areas for their own safety. Parents should warn their children not to go near any coastal area. Please do not put your life and the lives of the emergency services at risk.


If you need to travel on the roads, please slow down, drive with care and drive in accordance with the conditions – not the speed limit.
Before starting your journey, please check your route, you can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting our Traffic Link Map: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map

If you are planning to travel by train, please contact National Rail to check that there are no issues with the trains on your journey. www.nationalrail.co.uk


Police are urging people, especially those living in an area prone to flooding to keep up to date with flood warning/alerts that are issued, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx or call their Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 988 1188

If you see the roads in your area starting to flood with a build-up of surface water, please contact Cumbria County Council’s Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609 or email highways@cumbria.gov.uk

Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map

Practical tips and health advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flooding-advice-to-the-public

For information about sandbags, please visit: www.cumbria.police.uk/Admin/uploads/attachment/files/Advice_and_Info/Floods/Sand_Bags_Local_Authorities.docx