AT last! After a long, long campaign, Temple Sowerby villagers could ...

Date: Saturday 13th April 2002

AT last! After a long, long campaign, Temple Sowerby villagers could have been forgiven for thinking that their demands for a bypass would never be met. So there was understandable relief and delight in the village divided by the heavily used A66 this week when news came through that the bypass had received the Government go-ahead.

And, as if to give further support to the bypass decision, a program on BBC television on Thursday evening voted the A66 the worst road in Britain from a safety angle.

It is almost impossible to quantify just what the building of the bypass, scheduled to start in a couple of years’ time, will mean to residents of Temple Sowerby who have to put up with the noise, pollution and inherent danger from 13,000 vehicles, many of them heavy lorries, a day. But it is sure to improve their quality of life and make the village a safer place in which to live.

The villagers have been so near to achieving success before in the 20-odd year campaign for a bypass only to have their hopes cruelly dashed at the last minute. They will be keeping their fingers crossed that nothing will stop the £18.5 million dual carriageway scheme, which will also improve safety on the A66 in general, this time.