A ROAD safety campaigner has said the new speed cameras in Longtown will finally “come into their own” after the Esk Bridge fully reopened this week.

Temporary traffic lights at the bridge on the A7, which had restricted the flow of vehicles through the town, were removed on Thursday after closures and restrictions had been in place, in one form or another, since January.

The bridge, just to the north of Longtown, is one of the main border crossing routes between England and Scotland.

The speed cameras which are just to the south of the bridge, in the centre of Longtown, on English Street, part of the A7, were installed just before the lockdown and were designed to deter some motorists from using the street as a “raceway”.

County councillor Val Tarbitt, spearheaded their installation, over three years.

Previously she had said the situation had improved when restrictions at the bridge were in place.

She said: “Drivers had been using the road as a bit of a raceway, that’s why the speed camera’s were installed, they can see the open roadway, and I’m hoping now that people will be careful, it is a 30mph area - so I think they will come into their own.

“The reopening of the bridge has been good for the town, it has been difficult for over a year and their has been traffic backing up over the bridge.”

She also said that it has been difficult for many businesses and haulage firms in the town had a big detour because of the closure.

The bridge closed on January 22 after a HGV crashed and knocked part of the structure into the river - lorries were allowed to use the bridge last month, cars and pedestrians were given clearance to use it earlier in the year.

Work had been halted on the bridge during the lockdown but resumed again on September 14.

Work had caused frustration for business owners.

In July Rob Little told the News & Star: “There’s no need for it to be shut to HGVs now and the work needed have been corrected in a fortnight with both sides done.”

Luke Paterson also the restrictions 'affects bus routes, commuting and obtaining everyday essentials which is hard enough in the present climate.”