During early 2021, we’ll continue to carry out further surveys and investigations to help us design the project in more detail.
The surveys and investigations will be vital in providing information for our assessments which will underpin our future consultations and our subsequent DCO application (see below). As part of this work, you may notice some activity in the area.
We’ll then be carrying out another consultation on the A66 scheme, planned for September 2021. We will be inviting the public to submit further feedback on a more detailed design of the route.
In the meantime, we will continue to engage with our stakeholders and the local community to help us refine the design.
The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project is known as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means that we need to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to obtain permission to construct the project.
This short video gives more information about the process behind the DCO and how we build roads.
Following a further consultation on the design in autumn 2021, we will prepare an application for a Development Consent Order which will include an Environmental Statement.
The application will be made to the Planning Inspectorate. The Examining Authority will then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide whether the project will go ahead.