A66 reopens after five-day closure

The A66 at Stainmore on Thursday. Photo: The Great North Air Ambulance

The A66 trans-Pennine route has reopened today after being shut for five days.

Highways England brought in snow blowers, ploughs and diggers to clear the road, with drivers working through the night.

The route was first shut between Scotch Corner and Brough on Tuesday night.

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Heavy snow on the road was the initial problem but strong winds which caused deep drifts made the situation worse.

Although the road has reopened, police have urged motorists to continue driving with care as conditions on the tops are still poor.

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