A66 maintenance schemes

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The following projects are part of the A66 maintenance programme:

We’re planning to carry out maintenance work on the A66 Appleby Bypass. Located between Appleby and Brough, the bypass has deteriorated over the years and now requires significant essential repairs. This will ensure the bypass remains safe and suitable for future use.

The work will take place both sides of the dual carriageway section of the A66. This will include resurfacing the carriageway, installing new waterproofing on the Bongate Moor Farm underpass, and replacing the road markings. We’re proposing to carry out the repairs in two phases:

Phase 1 – waterproofing to Bongate Moor Farm Underpass
We plan to start the waterproofing work from 11 April 2021, and it will take us around five weeks to complete. This will take place between 7pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

Phase 2 – carriageway surfacing and replacement of road markings
From 14 June, the surfacing work will start, and we’re aiming to have this finished by the end of November 2021. This will take place between 7pm and 6am, Sunday to Friday.

Traffic management
For safety to road users and our workforce, daytime lane closures and a reduced speed limit (minimum of 30mph) will be in place throughout. Overnight, our team will manage traffic on site. This means motorists will be escorted passed the work area, ensuring access is maintained at all times.

Please note that we’ll need to make sure the area is safe before you are guided passed the work area, which could take a short period of time. Some slip road closures will be required overnight, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

We considered many options on how we could deliver these repairs, and we believe this to be the least disruptive method. We purposely chose not to close the A66, as this would divert motorists along a large diversion route, estimated to be 115 miles long. However, this also means the repairs will take longer to complete, as we can only focus on smaller sections at a time.

These works are separate to the proposed A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project. To find out more about this, please visit the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine page.

We're planning to reconstruct part of the carriageway on the A66. The work will take place on the westbound carriageway between Flusco and Dacre, to the west of Penrith. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

We plan to start work on Friday 3 September 2021 for approximately six weeks. This will take place between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

To complete the works safely, a 24-hour contraflow and a 30mph reduced speed limit will be in place throughout the scheme. View map for more information.

In addition to this, we will also have the following traffic management in place:

  • The Stainton junction will be closed
  • The Newbiggin junction will be left turn only with no access to the westbound carriageway
  • The Auldby Farm Business Park will have access to the westbound carriageway only (left turn only) via the centre reservation gap.
  • The Flusco junction will be left turn only
  • All centre reservation gaps will be closed except at Auldby Farm Business Park

Motorists are advised to follow the signed diversion routes in place.

Bus shuttle service

Due to the closure of the Stainton junction, the Stagecoach X4/5 service will be unable to service Stainton. However, we've arranged for a temporary bus shuttle service to transfer users of the X4 and X5 service between the Stainton and Rheged bus stops. Once at the Rheged bus stop, the original X4 and X5 Stagecoach services can be used to travel to Penrith and Keswick.

The shuttle service will also take bus users back to Stainton after they have arrived at Rheged Discovery Centre bus stop. View the shuttle bus service timetable here.

We plan to reconstruct the carriageway on the A66. The work will take place on both sides of the carriageway, between Embleton and Westray Farm, to the east of Cockermouth. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

The work will take place on weekends only, starting from Friday 10 September, and finishing on Monday 25 October 2021. Please note that our work will be on hold on the last weekend in September (24 to 26 September), for the Taste Cumbria Cockermouth Festival.

For safety, full weekend closures are required on the A66. These will be in place from 10pm each Friday to 6am on the following Monday. Signed diversion routes will be in place and for more information view diversion route map.

We're planning to start this scheme in the new year. This will include carriageway surfacing, drainage repairs and replacement of white lines and road studs.

We will provide further information once the programme of work has been finalised.

We're planning to start this scheme in the new year. This will replacing the existing road marking and road studs.

We will provide further information once the programme of work has been finalised.

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