Road safety and public transport advice ahead of Appleby Fair
Public agencies are appealing for drivers to be aware of more horse drawn vehicles on the county’s roads in the coming days as we approach the beginning of Appleby Horse Fair on 7 June 2018.
The plea comes from the agencies which form the Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) which works each year to make the annual gathering of gypsies and travellers safer for all concerned.
Superintendent Mark Pannone of Cumbria Police said: “Road safety is one of the most important aspects throughout the entirety of the fair, but particularly when gypsies and travellers begin making their way to Appleby.
“We need drivers to be aware that they could come across very slow-moving horse-drawn vehicles as they use the road network at this time of year. We need drivers to not only be aware of this fact but to adjust the manner of their driving accordingly to help ensure that everyone completes their journeys safely.
“For those travelling to the fair on horse-drawn vehicles, we would urge them to make themselves as visible as possible to other road users, particularly when travelling on major routes.”
People travelling to the Fair are urged to plan their journey before setting off, to not arrive before 7 June and to use the temporary stopping places provided.
Highways and Roads update for Appleby Horse Fair
During the Horse Fair - Appleby Town Centre
A road closure will be in place on the Sands Road in Appleby town centre from 9.30am-6pm on Friday 8 June, Saturday 9 June and Sunday 11 June.
Flashing Lane - Long Marton Road leading onto Dufton
The Flashing Lane is a part of Long Martin Road which is closed during the Fair from 9.30am-6pm on Friday 8 June, Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 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. Any person who enters the Flashing Lane does so at their own risk and is 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 to advise motorists to be aware of more horse drawn vehicles in the area.
Public Transport service to Appleby Fair
The Settle to Carlisle Railway line is the best way to access Appleby Horse Fair by public transport.
- For North bound passengers you can access the line from Leeds, Skipton etc. The railway station closest to Appleby from the south is Kirkby Stephen.
- For South bound passengers you can access the line from Carlisle, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Langwathby.
For up to date information about the Settle to Carlisle line visit www.settle-carlisle.co.uk or call Northern Rail on 0800 200 6060
Bus services to Appleby are very limited. Visit Cumbria County Council’s website to view available services 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.