A66 Northern Trans-Pennine

We're investigating the case for improvements to the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1 at Scotch Corner.

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC

Progress report

You can now take part in our *non-statutory public consultation on a project to dual the remaining sections of the A66 between the M6 junction 40 at Penrith and the A1(M) at Scotch Corner.

Until 23:59 on 11 July 2019, anyone wishing to have their say can go to the consultation page, where a consultation brochure, response form and a host of background information can be found.

A number of events will also be taking place throughout May and June 2019 where we will be on hand to provide additional information to those who wish to come and get involved. Dates and venues can be found in our consultation flyer, and on the consultation page. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.

*Non-statutory consultation - there is no legal obligation for us to undertake non-statutory consultation; however, best practice requires that we consult with people as early as we can so we can listen to and understand their views about our proposals at an early stage in a scheme’s development. This approach enables us to produce better scheme designs we can share with our stakeholders, communities and customers in subsequent stages of the consultation process.

Have your say on our consultation page

What's next?

Once the consultation period is completed, we will be assessing all the responses and compiling a consultation report which will later be available for inspection. We intend to announce what we call the 'preferred route' once we have assessed all this feedback. There will be another opportunity to comment on the preferred route during a further public consultation which will be announced at a later date.


Date Event
Autumn 2018 Completion of options identification and short-listing
Winter 2018 Decision to proceed
May to July 2019 Public consultation
Spring 2020 Preferred route announcement (PRA)

Deposit locations

You can find printed copies of the consultation brochure and response forms at the following public locations across the A66 area from Thursday 16 May 2019. Availability will depend on the opening times of each location.

  • Scotch Corner services, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6PQ
  • The White Swan pub, 51 High Street, Gilling West, Richmond DL10 5JG
  • Lidl Richmond, Queens Rd, Richmond, DL10 4AJ
  • Richmond Post Office, 6A Finkle St, Richmond, DL10 4QB
  • Richmond Library, 10 Queens Rd, Richmond, DL10 4AE
  • Richmond Yorks Golf Club, Richmond, DL10 5EX
  • TCR Hub Community Centre, Shaw Cres, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TD
  • Barnard Castle Doctors Surgery, Barnard Castle Surgery, Victoria Rd, Barnard Castle, DL12 8HT
  • Morrisons, 23 Galgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8EJ
  • Brough Community Primary School, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4EY
  • Old Hall Veterinary Centre, Cross Croft, Industrial Estate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6HX
  • The Haybergill Centre, Hayber Lane, Warcop, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6NP
  • Warcop Primary School, Warcop, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6NX
  • CafĂ© Sixty Six, Ketland Moor, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6LN
  • Appleby Golf Club, Brackenber, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6LP
  • Appleby Leisure Centre, Chapel Street, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6QR
  • Kirkby Thore Post Office, Somerset House, Kirkby Thore, Penrith, CA10 1UD
  • Temple Sowerby Medical Practice, Linden Park, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, CA10 1RW
  • Penrith Hospital, Bridge Ln, Penrith, CA11 8HX
  • Highways England, Newlands, Unit A1, New Squares Shopping Centre, Penrith, CA11 8NP

Why we need this scheme

The A66 is a key national and regional strategic link for a range of traffic movements for east/west journeys in the North of England and provides vital connections for freight and businesses in the regions.

The A66 carries high levels of freight traffic, accounting for 25% heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s) compared to the national average figure of 12%. The A66 is also an important route for tourism, providing access to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Lake District National Park.

The A66 is essential to the continued development of the economy in the north of the country. Investigations are underway to examine the case for dualling the road and making other improvements along its length in order to support future local and national growth and development.


A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project provides the opportunity to:

  • improve journey times, reliability and resilience on the A66 between the junctions with the A1 and M6
  • improve strategic regional and national connectivity, particularly for freight and tourism
  • aim to reduce delays at the A66/A6 j unction
  • aim to reduce physical barriers for communities
  • aim to improve air quality and noise for those that live and work along the route
  • improve connectivity between key employment areas of Cumbria, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear areas
  • improve connectivity for residents and workforce living and working in close proximity, and improve amenities for cyclists and pedestrians
  • improve access to key tourist destinations such as the North Pennines and the Lake District
  • contribute to the future economic growth of the north of England, supporting the growth envisaged by the Northern Powerhouse

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