Traffic warning ahead of Appleby Fair

By Justine Thompson

General news

19 May 2009 14:18

Motorists in Cumbria and County Durham are being urged to take extra care ahead of the annual Appleby Horse Fair.

The festival begins on June 4, but travellers, many in horse-drawn carriages, traditionally begin to arrive in the area from late May.

In 2006 there was a fatal crash when one of the horse-drawn carriages was forced off the road by a speeding motorist. There have also been other accidents involving caravans heading to and from the fair.

Warning signs are being erected on the A66 and on the A1 approaches to the Scotch Corner interchange.

The week-long event in Cumbria is the largest horse fair in Europe, attracting more than 30,000 visitors, including up to 1,400 caravans and horse-drawn vehicles.

In addition, there will be increased patrols on the A66 by the police and Highways Agency Traffic Officers.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "Horse-drawn vehicles are particularly vulnerable and motorists need to take special care during the fair period.
"The message to horse-drawn vehicle owners is simple - be safe be seen."