By coincidence the Action Committee had arranged a 24 hour traffic census ending the day before. The Transport Department’s census was 6000 vehicles on Monday 29th April 1980. Our census was 7532 vehicles on Monday 30th April 1984. An increase of over 25% in just 4 years.
A large banner was placed across the road “WE NEED A BYPASS”. We were asked by the council to remove the banner, but we were quite unable to find who had put it up! We made a video and had 150 copies of a booklet published.
In the summer, through the help of our MP, David Maclean, four members of the committee travelled down to Westminster for a face to face meeting with Lynda Chalker, Transport Minister, showing her our video and booklet. This appeared to have made an impact in that we received a letter from GA Emmerson at the Transport Department Regional Office, “as a result of your meeting with the Minister, Cumbria County Council has been instructed to prepare, as quickly as possible, a detailed appraisal framework for the short northern bypass.”