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

Our public consultation on the proposed options for the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project closed on Thursday 11 July 2019 at Midnight.

We held 21 events in total along the route of the project and met with many people, groups and local businesses. We’re passionate about understanding your views on our proposals early in the process. This enables us to refine the design by involving the community before we carry out a further consultation process on the design of our preferred route.

We’re now assessing the responses to the consultation and preparing a consultation report.

What's next?

Once we’ve made our preferred route announcement (PRA), we’ll publish a consultation report. The report will be made available online and on this webpage. We intend to announce what we call the 'preferred route' once we’ve assessed all feedback. There will be another opportunity to comment on the preferred route which will be announced in the future.

Development Consent Order process (DCO)

The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project is known as a Nationally Significant Project (NSIP). This means that we must apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to proceed with the project.

This short video gives more information about the process behind the DCO and how we build roads.


Date Event
Autumn 2018 Completion of options identification and short-listing
Winter 2018 Decision to proceed
May to July 2019 Public Consultation on proposed options
August 2019 to May 2020 Analyse consultation feedback and prepare consultation report and other materials
Spring 2020 Preferred Route Announcement (PRA)
Spring 2020 Release consultation report
Summer 2020 Hold public information events on the PRA (to be confirmed)

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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