About the project
The A66 is a key local, regional and national route for east/west journeys in the north of England providing vital connections for freight, tourism and businesses across the UK.
We’ve now launched our consultation. From now until 6 November, you will be able to have your say on our latest designs.
Please get involved and help us shape the future of the A66. You can access our consultation materials and our virtual engagement room. The engagement room will include videos about the project and provide more information on how you can get involved.
It will also be hosting a series of online Question & Answer sessions.
Please sign up using the details below if you would like to attend:
- Q&A session for M6 junction 40 to Kemplay Bank, Penrith to Temple Sowerby, and Temple Sowerby to Appleby – Kirkby Thore: Wednesday 13 October, 6pm – 7:30pm
- Q&A session for Temple Sowerby to Appleby – Crackenthorpe, Appleby to Brough: Wednesday 20 October, 11:30am – 1pm
- Q&A session for Bowes Bypass, Cross Lanes to Rokeby, Stephen Bank to Carkin Moor, A1(M) junction 53 Scotch Corner: Wednesday 27 October, 11:30am – 1pm
- General Q&A session: Wednesday 3 November, 6pm – 7:30pm
To book onto one of the online sessions, please send the following details to the Highways England inbox at A66NTP@highwaysengland.co.uk 24 hours in advance of each session:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Which session you’d like to book
A link will be sent to you 24 hours in advance of your session.
The engagement van will also be out and about over the coming days at the following locations:
- 30 Sept 9am -12pm Kings Arms Inn, Stainton, Penrith CA11 0EP
- 30 Sept 1pm-4pm The Kings Arms Hotel, Temple Sowerby, CA10 1SB
- 1 Oct 9am-12pm Stainmore Café Services, A66, CA17 4EU
- 1 Oct 1pm-4pm Brough Grand Prix Services, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4AY
- 2 Oct 10am-3pm East Layton (Mainsgill Farm, Richmond DL11 7PN)
- 3 Oct 10am-3pm Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop, DL12 9RT
- 5 Oct 9am-2pm Sainsbury’s, Penrith CA11 7FG
- 6 Oct 10am-3pm Richmond Wednesday Market, Richmond Market, Market Place, DL10 4PX
- 7 Oct 10am-3pm Scotch Corner Moto Services DL10 6PQ
Hard copies of consultation material will also be available at the following locations:
- Penrith Library, St Andrews Churchyard, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7YA
Monday to Friday 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm
- St Michaels Church, 2 Church Gate, Kirkby Thore, Penrith CA10 1UR
Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm
- The former Llama Karma Kafe, Brougham CA10 2AB
Mondays and Fridays 12pm-6pm and Thursdays 2pm-8pm
- Appleby Library, Low Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6QP
Monday and Friday 10am- 12.30pm and 1.30-5pm
- Kirkby Stephen Library, Old Grammar School, Vicarage Lane, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QX
Monday and Wednesday 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm
- Brough Castle Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Room, Brough Castle Farm, Brough, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4EJ Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm until 10 October
- Brough Memorial Hall, New Road, Brough, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4AS
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm – 6pm from 11 October
- Barnard Castle Library, Witham Building, 2 Hall Street, Barnard Castle, DL12 8JB
Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am -4.30pm, Wednesdays 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturdays 9.30am-12.30pm
- Cross Lanes Organic Farm, Cross Lanes, Barnard Castle, DL12 9RT
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am- 4.30pm, Tuesdays – closed, Friday and Saturdays: 9am-5pm, Sundays 10am-4pm
- Mainsgill Farm Shop, East Layton, Richmond, DL11 7PN Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
- Richmond Library, 10A Queen's Road, Richmond, DL10 4AE
Monday through Friday 10am–1pm and 2pm–5pm, Saturdays 10am – 1pm
- Clayport Library, 8 Millennium Pl, Durham DH1 1WA
Monday, Thursday through Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am-5.30pm
The route carries high levels of freight, with 25% of the traffic being heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), more than twice the national average for a road of this nature.
While the A66 plays a crucial role in the life of nearby communities, it is also essential for journeys across the UK. It offers the most direct route between the central belt of Scotland and the eastern side of England and connects the north-east to the north-west and Midlands.
It also plays an important role for tourism, providing access to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Park.
But the A66 isn’t up to modern standards. Drivers face congestion, delays at key junctions and substandard access to jobs and leisure locations. That is why we are investigating ways to improve journeys on the A66 by raising the whole route to dual carriageway standard.
Investment in the A66 is essential to the continued development of the economy in the north of the country. Dualling the road and making other improvements along its length will support local and national economic growth and development.