Our 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 has now closed. We thank you all for taking part, whether that was at one of our consultation events or by completing a response form.
This public consultation focused on our options for the project, the results of which will help to inform our decision about which option to take forward.
We held this consultation in a very early stage of the project. We are passionate about understanding peopleâ€™s views on our proposals early in the process, enabling us to refine the design by involving the community before we carry out a further consultation process on the design of our preferred route. This will give you another opportunity to get involved and share your views.
We are now assessing all the responses and compiling a consultation report. The consultation materials are still available to view on our consultation page.
Our next step will be to publish a consultation report in the coming weeks on this web page. We intend to announce what we call the 'preferred route' once we have assessed all 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.
|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)|
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 (HGVâ€™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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