Essential safety work is set to be carried out on the A66 eastbound near the border of County Durham and Cumbria. 

National Highways is undertaking drainage and embankment work at Valley Farm, around three-and-a-half miles east of Stainmore, to help safety for vehicles.

The work will begin on Monday, March 27 with the aim of completion mid-spring.  

During the roadworks, 50mph limits will be in place and heavy goods vehicles will have to stop and be escorted through the roadworks.

National Highways Project Manager Sarah Southern said: “It’s important that we continue to maintain road users’ safety and make journeys more reliable. 

“To minimise disruption, we’re carrying out the majority of the work with a lane one closure on the eastbound carriageway. 

"To keep our workforce and public safe, we will introduce a 50mph speed limit for approximately 2km and a width restriction of 3m. Any vehicles over 3m must stop at The Rey Cross layby and wait to be escorted through the work area. 

“We are mindful that this work may cause some delay and disruption. We’ve worked to minimise the impact on customers as much as we can. However, where possible, customers should plan for some delays.  

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience while this essential work is completed.”