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UPDATE MONDAY 2.21PM: Cumbria police reopen A595 north of Millom

CUMBRIA police have announced the A595 is now open north of Millom and passable with care – but remains closed due to snow at Whicham Valley.

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  • A595 open and passable with care – except at Whicham Valley
  • Motorists advised to use Millom town centre route instead
  • A6 closed between Shap and Kendal 
  • Work ongoing to clear blocked roads 
  • A686 at Hartside is passable with care
  • A6 over Shap is open
  • B6277, B6276 and the A592 at Kirkstone are still closed.

Snow remains on the A595 at Whicham Valley and motorists are advised to take the Millom town centre route around the blocked section of road.

Following earlier appeals for people who have abandoned their cars on the A595, there are still a few cars that remain on the road.

Police are asking anyone who abandoned their car on the A595 due to the treacherous conditions to call 101 so they can be reunited with their vehicle. Car blocking the road were removed to lay-bys and there are still a few yet to be collected. 

Just before 1pm it was announced the blockages along the A595 north of Millom had been cleared.

The following roads are passable with care:

  • A595 north of Millom
  • M6 Hackthorpe to Shap
  • A6 Shap
  • A590 Barrow to the M6
  • A5092 Grizebeck
  • A595 Carlisle to Cockermouth
  • A595 from Dalton to Grizebeck
  • A591 at Thirlmere
  • A689, Killhope Summit
  • A66 at Stainmore

The following roads are closed: 

• A6 from Shap Toll Bar to Kendal Caravans
• A592 Kirkstone Pass
• A686 at Hartside
• A5091 at Dockray
• A683 Closed in places
• B6276 between Brough to Middleton in Teasdale
• B6259 at Kirby Stephen Garsdale
• B6277 Alston to Middleton in Teasdale
• B5322 St Johns in the vale
• C2011 Pattenfoot to Boltongate
• U2136 Clea Hill to Park End
• U2131 Bankside to Catlands
• U2132 Carlisle Gate to Catlands
• C2021 Aughertree to Uldale
• U2156 Linewath to Townhead Hesket
• U2111 Prior Hall Mill
• C2011 Bankside Boltongate
• U2121 Highside to Bassenthwaite
• U2118 Highside to Uldale

If your journey is absolutely essential, please see safety advice previously issued and on our website regarding travelling and driving in these severe conditions and plan your journey to avoid affected roads.

Cumbria Police are continuing to urge people to look after each other this morning and to check on family and neighbours, especially the vulnerable, elderly and those who are without power as the effects of the snow and bad weather continue. It is very important that everyone takes time to check on those nearby to ensure that people are warm and have the essential things that they need today.

Anyone planning to visit the county over the next few days – and particularly those intending to walk in the fells – is advised to check the latest weather forecast and take the necessary precautions.

If your journey is absolutely essential, police offer the following advice:

  • Plan your journey in advance
  • Check weather forecasts and tune into local radio stations to check road conditions and closures
  • Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive
  • Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots, a torch and a spade
  • Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer

Meanwhile police are also advising people to check their website for updates as they are receiving a high number of calls. 

Up to date information about the roads and weather conditions is available on the police website: www.cumbria.police.uk 

People can also visit the Traffic Link map at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads, as well as following “cumbriapolice” facebook and twitter accounts.


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Phil Chapman is a good mate of mine. He has always been a great, generous guy. Would expect nothing less from him in a situation like this. Well done Phil.

Posted by Simon Ellis on 27 March 2013 at 23:16

I was in the van in front of the car that Terry Harvey-Chadwic was in as seen on photo 37 that he had taken.
Thankyou to ALL the rescue teams/police and copeland council for rescuing us and looking after us.

Posted by paul on 25 March 2013 at 15:42

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