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Road closures

Find out about road closures

Traffic problems in Eden and Cumbria webpage has links to websites that provide information about incidents, traffic jams, roadworks, any disruptions due to weather and engineering works.

Events a road can be closed for:

Roads can be closed to allow special sporting events, street parties or parades or other types of events that attract large crowds.

Responsibility for road closures

We are responsible for temporary road closures, so you need to apply to us.

Who can apply for a road closure

Anyone organising an event can apply to have a road closed, although, requests usually come from large organisations. We support community events and will consider all applications.

When to apply for a road closure

A minimum of six weeks prior to the event. This enables us to carry out a risk assessment to identify whether or not your event clashes with other major events or planned road closures.

Cost of closing a road closed

If the road closure is for non-profit making events there is no charge. However, if the closure is for a private or commercial profit making event you will have to pay £150.

Insurance needed for road closure

You will need a minimum of £5 million Public Liability Insurance which will provide cover against injury and damages claims. You must also indemnify the Council against all third party liabilities. The Insurance Certificate must be enclosed with the road closure application

Traffic diversions plans

As part of the application you need to supply a plan showing the extent of the road closure and an alternative route for traffic.

Barriers and diversion signs

Any event on the highway must be adequately signed and the signs must be approved by us.

Other things to considered

  • is the road closure on a bus route?
  • will there be access at all times for emergency vehicles if required?
  • have you arranged for litter to be cleared away? 

Publishing road closure in the local press

Yes, you must cover the advertising costs of publicising the road closure order in the local press.

Apply for a temporary road closure

To apply please complete and return the application for road closure form (PDF: 140Kb / 2 pages)

to enclose:

  • a valid copy of your public liability insurance
  • any payments if required
  • a traffic plan