Communities to get A66 dualling plans update

Traffic on the A66.

Communities will get the chance to see how plans are progressing for the £1 billion project to transform the A66.

New videos, web chats and brochures about the major upgrade will go live and be launched next week.

Since the summer teams of designers have been looking at the road and its junctions to determine what improvement are needed.

Environmental specialists have also been carrying out surveys to gain a greater understanding of the ecology and heritage in the area.

And this winter ground investigation surveys will take place to look at the ground and soil conditions.

With Highways England on track to get the ball rolling next spring on the planning process for the transformation of the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner, officials say now is a good time for residents to find out more about what work has been taking place over the last few months, and what’s next.

All remaining single carriageway sections – totalling 18 miles – of the A66 between Penrith and
Scotch Corner will be dualled in the £1 billion plans.

Senior project manager Matt Townsend said: “We have been working hard over the summer and autumn, prepping for consultation in spring next year.

“We are committed to building on the positive relationships we have with communities that live along the route.

“In normal circumstances, we would organise local events and update local communities face to face. That’s not possible right now due to the current pandemic and we are therefore having to do things differently.

“We know that local people are keen to understand the junction designs and layouts better and find out how they can access and travel along the A66.

“We are therefore providing a full project update online from next Monday where people can view plans, watch videos and read our update.”

The new brochure will go live at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A66-NTP on November 16 alongside a new video setting out next steps for the project before the public consultation.

Anyone who is unable to go online to get the latest information is being advised to contact the project team on 0333 090 1192.

The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project is the biggest ever investment in a single road project in the north and aims to transform cross-country journeys.

Plans to dual the remaining 18 miles of the 50-mile road were unveiled in May.

The transformation includes new bypasses, dualling alongside existing sections of road and major junction improvements.

As well as benefiting local people, the upgrade will support tourism and freight traffic, improving connections between ports in Scotland and Northern Ireland and those in England at Hull and Felixstowe.

Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will also benefit from safer, better-connected facilities.

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  1. I would be interested in work to sections 6,7 & 8 as a keen cyclist I am always cross over the A66 from Richmond

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