With a week until Appleby Horse Fair starts on 2 June 2016, the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) of public agencies who work to make the annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers safer each year is appealing for drivers in Cumbria to be aware of more horse drawn vehicles in the county in the coming days.
Superintendent Mark Pannone, Cumbria Constabulary’s Gold Commander for the Horse Fair, said: “This year’s top priority is road safety. We are committed to keeping the roads as safe as possible throughout the whole Fair. It is important for all road users to be aware of the large number of slow-moving horse-drawn vehicles that will be on the county’s roads during this time and to drive accordingly. For those travelling on horse-drawn vehicles, please make sure that you are visible to other road users particularly on the major routes.
“To increase the safety of road users we ask that those travelling to the Fair to work with us and plan their journey so they don’t arrive before 2nd June and to use the temporary stopping places provided. For more information about temporary stopping places visit www.applebyfair.org”
Highways and Roads update for Appleby Horse Fair
During the Horse Fair – Appleby Town Centre
A one way traffic restriction will be applied to Garth Heads Road in Appleby town centre (travelling in a southerly direction) so as to minimise the load applied to a retaining wall weakened by defective utility infrastructure contained within the structure. Permanent repairs will commence in the summer.
A road closure will be in place on the Sands Road in Appleby town centre from 9.30am-6pm on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 5 June.
Flashing Lane – Long Marton Road leading onto Dufton
Cumbria County Council is continuing to work to improve public safety at the Flashing Lane, a part of Long Martin Road which is closed during the Fair (from 9.30am-6pm on Friday 3 June, Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June) to prevent the likelihood of conflict between horses and other traffic while the trotting (‘flashing’) of horses takes place.
The public are encouraged not to enter the Flashing Lane, especially the carriageway. However, for those who choose to do so, barriers are in place on the adjacent verge to provide some protection from flashing horses. Anyone who enters the Flashing Lane does so at their own risk and are advised to take extra care for their own safety and that of others.
Other Roads in and Around Appleby
Warning signs have been placed on all major routes approaching Appleby. Highways England variable message signs will display Horse Fair related warning messages from 26 May 2016 to advise motorists to be aware of more horse drawn vehicles in the area.
An advisory 40mph speed restriction will be implemented on the A685 prior to the Bank Holiday in order to address road safety concerns that arise from the encampment that takes place along this road between Brough and Kirkby Stephen.
The ongoing road marking maintenance works in the Appleby area will be completed before the Bank Holiday Weekend.
Public Transport service to Appleby Fair
You can travel to Appleby Horse Fair by public transport the following services will be available:
Settle Carlisle Railway Line:
The Settle Carlisle railway line is closed between Appleby and Carlisle following a large landslip near Armathwaite due to last December’s floods; the rest of the line is open.
During the Horse Fair Thursday 2 June to Monday 6 June 2016; Passenger services will be available by rail between Settle and Langwathby.
For Northbound passengers travelling to Carlisle a bus service will be provided from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle so those passengers wanting to get to Appleby will need to leave the train at Kirkby Stephen.
For Southbound passengers travelling from Carlisle the bus service will run between Carlisle and Langwathby and passengers wanting to get to Appleby will join the train at Langwathby.
No replacement buses will access Appleby town centre due to road closures and this is applicable for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Horse Fair. Please always check before your travel – For up to date information visit the Settle Carlisle Railway website www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
Day Ranger Ticket Now Available
A Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket is now available. This reduces the cost of travel for many journeys on the Settle Carlisle line. The offer is being introduced to encourage people to travel on the world-famous railway, which remains open while essential repairs are carried out at the northern end of the line between Appleby and Carlisle.
The ticket is valid for one day and has no time restrictions. It will allow passengers to get on and off the train as they wish, travelling in any direction. Priced at £15.00 for adults and £7.50 for children, this represents great value. Railcard holders (including the local Dales Railcard) will be eligible for a further 1/3 discount.
Grand Prix Coaches 563 Service Kirkby Stephen to Penrith
The 563 bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith run by Grand Prix Coaches will be unable to service Appleby Town Centre on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June due to traffic congestion around the Fair. The service will run directly along the A66 stopping in both East and West bound Lay Bys only. The normal bus service will resume on Monday 6 June 2016. To View the service timetable visit www.grandprixservices.co.uk
Other bus services
Visit Cumbria County Council website to view other bus services to Appleby via http://cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/busservices.asp
Car and Coach parking
For details of car and coach parking see the Traffic Management Map at www.applebyfair.org or contact Appleby Tourist Information Centre telephone: 017683 51177.
It is important that those visiting the Fair and those who live in the local area keep up to date with the latest information from the MASCG. You can do this by visiting www.applebyfair.org, or by following the MASCG or Cumbria Police on Facebook and Twitter.