The Town Council wants local people to highlight problems caused by Highways England’s decision to divert traffic through town from the A66 for four weekends starting on 25 January. Tag your pictures and stories #BarneyBlitz.
It has been announced by Highways England that there is a scheduled road closure on the A66 between Scotch Corner and Rokeby due to road maintenance and improvement. The road will be closed for the following four weekends: Jan 25-26, Feb 1-2, Feb 8-9, and Feb 15‑16. Non-HGV traffic will be diverted over County Bridge. HGV traffic will be diverted over Abbey Bridge and all traffic will be diverted through town to the A688. Both bridges and the Market Cross have suffered damage from traffic for years. These weekend diversions will also disrupt local roads for residents and visitors.
The Town Council wants to press the case for a better solution for diverting traffic from the A66 with Highways England and Durham County Council. It needs your evidnec of the damage and disruption that may come form these diversions. Post these on social media with the tag #BarneyBlitz or email the council using BarneyBlitz@barnardcastletowncouncil.gov.uk