Date: Saturday 22nd June 2002

MORE than 200 people attended a public exhibition in Temple Sowerby which displayed plans for the village’s £18.5 million bypass.

Mrs. Mal Sinfield, of the Highways Agency, said the attendance at the two-day exhibition in the village hall had been extremely good.

People wanted reassurances about the effects the bypass would have. “It is much better to come and look at the plans,” she said.


Along with a spectacular photo montage of what the bypass would look like, representatives from the Highways Agency, engineers and landscape and environmental advisers were on hand to allay fears people might have had about noise, pollution or the effects on views.

Consulting engineer, Graham Lamont, of Scott Wilson Limited, said the bypass would be built to the south of the village, crossing the River Eden at Oglebird Plantation and rejoining the A66 at Whinfell House. He said he had worked on the plans for a good number of years and was pleased to see them get to the public consultation stage.

“It will be open to traffic in 2005 or 2006 if everything goes smoothly,” said Mr. Lamont.


The bypass was included in the Government’s road building program in April by transport minister John Spellar. It is designed to take more than 13,000 vehicles a day off the road through Temple Sowerby.

The opening of the exhibition marked the start of a 12-week period in which objections must be lodged, which has a closing date of Friday, 6th September.

Temple Sowerby resident Mrs. Elizabeth Balbach said the exhibition was fantastic and those on hand to answer her queries were lovely. “We’ve found out what we wanted to know,” she said.