MOTORISTS travelling between two villages on the outskirts of Penrith are to face more than seven miles of diversions.

Utility works are to be carried out on the B6412, which connects Culgaith to Langwathby and to the Temple Sowerby bypass (A66).

The works will commence on Monday and are expected to be completed within five days.

A closure will be in place 145 metres south west of the B6412’s junction with Station Road, extending in a south-westerly direction for about 135 metres.

It means that anyone travelling from Culgaith to Langwathby faces a diversion of more than seven miles.

Motorists will be forced to travel south of Culgaith on the B6412, then on the A66 to Penrith, before then joining the A686 to Langwathby.

It is estimated that the diversion will take an extra 15 minutes.

The diverted route is about 11 miles, while the normal route stands at about four miles.

Signage will direct traffic via the diverted route.

Access will be maintained for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

Works will be carried out by T & K Gallagher, who provide water, gas and electricity.