IMPROVEMENT works costing £200,000 are to be carried out by Cumbria County Council contractors to two main roads in South Lakeland.

Worn out sections of the A684, at Sedbergh, and the A65 / A6070 roundabout, near Crooklands, close to Junction 36 of the M6, will be replaced with a smooth, hard-wearing surface.

Resurfacing on the A684 between Settlebeck School and Pinfold Caravan Park site will start on October 28 and will be carried out over four or possibly five nights.

The work will involve the temporary closure of this section of the road from 6pm until well before 6am each night.

The closure is needed for safety and operational reasons and a signed diversion via Hawes, Ribblehead and Ingleton will be in place during these times.

The £60,000 scheme has been timed to take place during off peak night-time hours and in the school half term holiday in order to minimise any disruption.

The road will be open with traffic controls in place during the day. Meanwhile, work on the A65 / A6070 roundabout will start on November 4 and will also take place at night-time from 7pm until well before 6am, over a period of seven nights.

The £150,000 resurfacing scheme will be carried out in two phases, with one half of the roundabout remaining open throughout the work.

Access to Crooklands will be closed during overnight works from November 4-6, and access to Burton-in-Kendal will be closed overnight between November 7 and 9.

The route to the M6 and Kirkby Lonsdale will remain open and traffic controls will be in place to ensure disruption to road users is kept to a minimum.

Coun Keith Little, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "The council is investing more than £200,000 in this essential resurfacing work on two busy roads in South Lakeland. We've deliberately timed the schemes to take place at night - and during the half term break, in the case of work near Settlebeck School - in order to minimise the impact on road users. Some short term disruption will be unavoidable but ultimately everyone will benefit from much improved road surfaces when the work is completed."