A66 to close for weekend improvement work

The work area and diversion route.

The A66 trans-Pennine route is to close over several weekends for resurfacing and improvement work.

Highways England is resurfacing the A66 west of Scotch Corner between East Layton and West Layton.

Officials say that in some patches they will need to dig deeper into the carriageway before resurfacing.

Contractors will also replace road studs with new solar versions and refresh the white lines.

The work will cover four road junctions near East and West Layton — Collier Lane to West Layton to the west, and Moor Lane to East Layton to the east, on the north side, and two on the southern side, Waitlands Lane next to Ravensworth Lodge, and New Lane junction, leading to the village of Ravensworth to the east.

The work will start on January 28 and is scheduled to run over four weekends.

Highways England says it will also enhance the safety markings and slow signs at these junctions.

A spokesperson said: “The layout of the road means that to do this work safely, we’ll need to completely close the A66 and divert people via local roads.

“We’ve measured the traffic flows and have decided that the best time to do this would be from Friday evening at 9pm to Monday morning at 6am.

“Understanding that the A66 is well used by hauliers we have contacted freight companies, ports and businesses to give them early advice about other routes to use.

“We’ll also have signs much more widely on the network directing drivers to use other transpennine routes such as the A69.”

The spokesperson said that they recognised that there would be people affected and disturbed by this closure, evidence showed that planning it using weekend closures would “cause the least disruption and inconvenience”.

“We have worked directly with residents and businesses most closely affected to agree the best way we can help them. We will maintain access to Mainsgill Farm shop throughout the closures,” they added,

On the first two weekends contractors will be concentrating on the resurfacing works at East and West Layton.

This will include removing waste and making some minor improvements to the carriageway road markings to highlight the junctions.

The second two weekends will be focusing on bridge parapet replacement works at Bowes.

Throughout the four weekends workers will also replace the central reserve barrier at Rokeby, replace boundary fences at New Lane junction with the A66 and other general maintenance work including tree felling and removing vegetation to improve sight-lines.

Where needed, they will also improve drainage.

Road closures will be in place as follows:

  • Weekend one: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 24 January until 6am Monday 27 January
  • Weekend two: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 31 January until 6am Monday 3 February
  • Weekend three: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 7 February until 6am Monday 10 February
  • Weekend four: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 14 February until 6am Monday 17 February

Officials say that road closures can be subject to change.

Please check the live roadworks feed for the most up to date information.


  1. Why is this been done spending money on something that is going to be improved soon with dual carriageways

    • Susan, it will be years yet before work starts on dualing the whole route, it’s still only in early discussion stages yet.

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