Trial Speed Limit For A66

31st March 2016

AN 18-MONTH trial lowering the speed limit on a notorious stretch of the A66 will come into force in May.

The speed limit between Warcop and Brough will be cut from 60mph to 50mph in an attempt to slow down traffic and cut the number of accidents on the road.

A spokeswoman for Highways England said: "The new speed limit applies on a 3.5 mile stretch of road on the single carriageway section of the A66 between Appleby and Brough.

Between 2010 and 2014 there were 32 accidents involving 48 casualties. There were two fatal collisions in 2015.

The spokeswoman added: "There have been serious local concerns about safety on the A66 between Appleby and Brough.

"The new 50mph limit is a response to a detailed review to examine the issue, which concluded that speed was a significant cause of accidents.

"The new limit is due to be introduced in May.

Other safety improvements and speed cameras are planned following concerns expressed by some of the local parish councils.

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