Two representatives from Highways England met two Parish Councillors and a member of the community in response to our concerns that the new 50 mph speed limit could still be improved further to make the stretch of road from Appleby Bypass to Brough much safer. We also heard a little more about the progress towards dualling the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.
At the meeting, David Keetley and Tim Wass made a number of requests for action, including:
- Installing average speed cameras at appropriate points on the route.
- Installing illuminated speed limit signs (as at Church Brough) at the start and end of the route.
- Consideration to be given to starting the 50 mph zone at Cafe 66 to give drivers more time to slow down.
- Painting additional speed limits signs on the road as reminders.
- A request to make the road adjacent to Taylor & Braithwaite no overtaking with double white lines because of dangerous speeding and overtaking problems there.
- A request to look at creating a right-turn filter to Flitholme and also a wider slip road for drivers turning left into Flitholme.
- A similar request for the Langrigg turn off. The idea of blocking this turn off was raised but that would be a considerable change and would have to have the support of local Parish Councils and residents.
Highways England agreed to go away and consider which of these can be done and they will get back to us with further ideas shortly. They stressed that any works done here to improve road safety were completely independent of any dualling plans, which might well be a few years away anyway.
With regards to dualling, they informed us that a company had been appointed to do the detailed planning and analysis of each section that needed to be dualled. The political will is there and the decision had been taken so now it is a case of looking at route options and priorities. When proposals are finalised, all PCs and local communities along the route will be consulted.