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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
G8 conference delays m-way works
The successful completion of the G8 conference in Scotland has paved the way for work to start on improving a busy motorway in Cumbria.

The Highways Agency says work to improve the M6 was timed to take place between the end of the conference and the start of school holidays.

Several short sections of the motorway will be improved in a planned programme starting on 18 July.

The agency said timing was important to keep disruption to a minimum.

Speed limit

The schemes will check and make minor repairs to roadside drainage, renew road markings and resurface heavily used sections of the motorway.

The project will see a 50mph speed limit on sections of the motorway near Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, Tebay and Shap.

All work not completed by 1 August will be carried out at night.

Highways Agency route manager Bob Clark said: "Keeping disruption to a minimum is important, especially in such a well-used motorway as the M6 in Cumbria during summer.

"The programme of work has been slotted in between G8 and the main holiday season, so that we can maintain the motorway in the best possible condition for drivers' safety."




SEE ALSO:
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