Latest turn in dangerous road

Date: Monday 3rd September 2018

THE never-ending litany of misery that seems to shadow the A66 grew even longer this week, with the jailing of a truck driver found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash on the road two years ago.

A senior police officer commented after the trial that the case was “tragic for all involved” — and thanked the family of the young man killed for their “dignity and patience”.

The A66 has one of the worst safety records of any road in the UK and over the years has been the scene of many tragic accidents.

For decades, calls have been made for something to be done to tackle the root causes of the safety problems of the trunk road.

Some believe that dualling most or all of the route is the answer. And at a meeting on Thursday, Eden Council’s chairman is set to make a case for average speed cameras to be installed over all the single carriageway sections of the A66 from Penrith to Brough.

The A66 is a vital trans-Pennine route, heavily relied upon for the transport of goods as well as people and key to the economy of the North. But it is unsafe for those travelling on it, as has been proved over and over again.

There is no simple or cheap solution to such a long-standing problem, but one thing is certain — something must be done.