You will have seen that work had started on implementing a 50 mph speed limit on the A66 between Brough and the Appleby bypass. The problem with the signs has been resolved and the new speed limit is now operational (as of 3rd September 2016.) There was a delay of several weeks because of an objection to the scheme which took some time to respond to by Highways England. Police will now monitor speeds from a new observation lay-by and at other places.

The Parish Council still has concerns about insufficient double white lines on the hill near Sandford road end, and the very short distance to that turn-off from the Appleby directiom that they have positioned the 50mph signs. Warcop Parish Council would value your feedback on the effects of the new speed limit in the coming weeks and months so please let us know your views.

Other safety improvements and average speed cameras are possible in the future if speeds and accident rates do not reduce. This is now a permanent speed limit and came as a result of lobbying by a number of local Parish and Town Councils.

A report on the case for dualling all or part of the A66 and A69 is due to go to ministers in October.November 2016 (see report on meeting with Highways England in separate article.)