Our environment team have been busy carrying out a number of specialist surveys to gain a greater understanding of the ecology and heritage in the area. This work is important as it helps us to identify and protect key sensitive features.
Our ecologists have carried out habitat surveys by walking the route to identify what types of habitats are in the surrounding areas. Approximately 260 surveys have been undertaken so far, covering an area of approximately 940 hectares (43% of the route).
Specialist species surveys have also started, including white-clawed crayfish and bats, and these will continue over the coming months. We’ll also carry out extensive geophysical surveys to assess the archaeology present, and monitor the surface water levels.
We’re carrying out ground investigation surveys over the winter months too, to look at the ground and soil conditions. We’re also going to excavate trial trenches and drill boreholes along the planned route, to better understand the ground conditions, and inform the design of structures such as bridges and underpasses.
As well as on-site surveying, we’ve been undertaking substantial desk-based assessments and have been working closely with the design team during design development.
All our work will provide preliminary environmental information and assessment of the following environmental topics:
- Air quality
- Cultural heritage
- Geology and soils
- Landscape and visual effects
- Resources used by the project
- Noise and vibration
- Population and human health
- Road drainage and water environment
Once the survey work has been completed we will prepare the Environmental Statement (ES), utilising survey results and traffic modelling work. The ES will be submitted with the Development Consent Order (DCO).
During this process we will be paying special attention to areas such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) and Noise Important Areas (NIA).
Throughout this process, we have been working closely with landowners who might be impacted by our plans. It is important to us that we keep landowners informed and updated as the plans for the A66 develop. To make this easier we have employed four dedicated Public Liaison Officers (PLOs) who will be the main point of contact for landowners and other stakeholders as the project develops.
Land and property
We've produced a series of booklets to provide assistance to land and property owners located near the scheme.
- How to claim for the effects on your property of new or altered roads
- Your property and blight
- Your property and compulsory purchase
- Your property and discretionary purchase
- Your property and our road proposals
We’re already engaging with landowners who may be affected by this project, but if you have any concerns about how this work may impact your land, you can contact us on:
Phone: 0300 123 5000 (Customer Contact Centre)
Write to: A66 Project Team, Highways England, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN