A66 closed westbound after lorry fire

Photo: Highways England.

The A66 trans-Pennine route is closed westbound following a lorry fire.

The road is shut between Scotch Corner and the A67 junction near Bowes.

The route has been shut to allow the vehicle and its contents to be removed.

Highways England says the road is due to reopen by 4.30pm.

Motorists have been urged to use alternative routes.