Resurfacing work at Hartside Hairpin

Two highways workers dressed in a Westmorland and Furness high-vis jackets discussing a job

Motorists are being advised that a section of the A686 between Melmerby and Alston will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week for resurfacing works.

The road will be closed at the Hartside Hairpin on 22 and 23 May between 8.30am and 4pm both days.

The resurfacing is necessary due to the rapid deterioration of the carriageway surface at that location and to ensure the safety of road users, with the route being especially popular with motorcyclists in the summer and the road being part of the widely used Coast-to-Coast cycle route. 

The road will be fully closed during these hours with access for emergency vehicles only.

Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will still be able to use the route with site staff on hand to help them navigate safely through the closure.

A fully signed diversion will be in place for motorists and all businesses in the vicinity will remain open.

Councillor Peter Thornton, Westmorland and Furness Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Assets, said: “We need to close the road to carry out these works to ensure safe working for our contractors on a section of the carriageway that includes the hairpin bend.

“The works and the closures will start and end at times to avoid, as far as possible, the peak times for people travelling to and from work and schools.

“We recognise that the closures will still be an inconvenience for some and we apologise for any disruption caused, but these are essential improvements that we are carrying out now to maintain the safety of the road."

For the latest updates on roadworks and road closures in Westmorland and Furness, please visit the One Network website or call the Highways Hotline on 0300 373 3306.

More information about the Westmorland and Furness Highways service can be found on the Westmorland and Furness Council website.