By introducing a consistent standard of dual carriageway with the same speed limit throughout, we aim to reduce the number of accidents.
Use of the ‘old’ A66 as part of the local road network will deliver safer, more enjoyable journeys for cyclists and pedestrians.
The preferred route also re-connects communities and links villages along the route. It improves connections for local people living and working nearby providing better access to services such as healthcare, jobs and education.
Dualling of all the single carriageway sections will reduce congestion and improve the reliability of people’s journeys between the M6 at Penrith and the A1(M) Scotch Corner and nationwide.
The dualling will improve strategic regional and national connectivity, particularly for hauliers. Heavy goods vehicles account for a quarter of all traffic on the road and any delays to journeys can have an extremely negative effect on business, including lost working time and missed shipment slots.
The improvement works will also reduce delays and queues during busy periods and improve the performance of key junctions such as the A66/A6 and the M6 junction 40.
Having a dual carriageway enables us to close lanes where required due to accidents or break downs and keep traffic moving. By making the route more reliable we can improve connectivity between the key employment areas of Cumbria, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear and improve access to key tourist destinations such as the North Pennines, Lake District and North Yorkshire.
Better road standards and consistent speeds will minimise noise levels for people living and working near the route and the preferred route aims to reduce the visual impact of the new A66.
Our preferred route has been chosen to minimise negative impacts on the natural environment and landscapes of the North Pennines and Lake District.
It is also the best option for reducing the impact on nearby homes and minimising the number of properties which will need to be acquired or demolished.