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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Cumbria police warn drivers as Appleby Horse Fair draws to close

DRIVERS in Cumbria have been warned of slow moving traffic as Appleby Horse Fair draws to a close, with many people choosing to make their way home.

Traditionally the fair remained opened until Wednesday, however many people will leave today.

Warnings about traffic congestion began on Sunday, with heavy traffic being on the A66. This will continue today, with the major routes out of Appleby having horse drawn vehicles along the roads.

Superintendent Sean Robinson said: “Our focus today is road safety, for all motorists and the horse community.

“Please use caution on the roads, drive slowly and be aware of slow moving horse draw vehicles, which can travel at around 5mph. Leave more time for your journey and only overtake when it is safe to do so.

“We also appeal to the travelling community to be visible on the roads if in a bow top. Try and pull over if a line of traffic is building up and have consideration for other road users.

“Our priority now is to help ensure that everyone arrives home safely.”

Robin Hooper, Chair of the Multi-agency Strategic Co-ordination Group said: “Our support is with the police in helping to ensure peoples safety on the roads.

“We appeal to drivers to be cautious and don’t take any risks. We also appeal to the travelling community to be considerate.

“Those who are stopping in relevant areas should be mindful of the local communities. Please put rubbish in the bins provided and help to keep the areas clean and tidy. Also please park with consideration for other road users.”

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