A PLANNED closure of the A590 tonight and tomorrow have been cancelled.

The major road was set to be shut at Newby Bridge overnight for essential 'wear and tear repairs'.

But staff were able to complete enough work on Wednesday night for bosses to call off further closures this week.

A Highways England spokesman said today: "Thanks to an Herculean effort by Highways England and its contractors most of the critical works were completed in just one night.

"We were reviewing weather conditions closely yesterday and with the forecast being very poor for tonight we made the decision to double crew the patching works within last night’s road closure to ensure the narrow section was completed.

"This was no easy task but the road closure provided us with the exclusion safety zone to have additional machines and contractors to achieve the task in one night.

"This forward thinking checking the weather and collaboration with the contractor to increase resource has enabled us to complete the critical works which were located through the narrow section.

"This means with the weather deteriorating we have been able to postpone the closure for the next two nights and programme the remainder of the patching in the new year which is on the wider section nearer the by-pass and can be safely completed under night time traffic signals.

"This should dramatically reduce the disruption and delay for drivers and other road users."

Motorists had been left confused when information released by the Highways Agency and road closure signs both contained the wrong information.

When The Mail questioned the Highways Agency over the errors they refused to apologise.

Instead they said both the signs and the previous announcement were in good faith but based on outdated information.