Shaping the futureof troubled road

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

A LONG hoped for upgrade to the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner could at last be on the horizon, following this week’s launch of a consultation into a £1 billion program of improvements.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling attended a media launch event near Richmond on Thursday and unveiled plans including the dualling of the remaining 18 miles of single carriageway along the 50-mile route.

At least 16,500 vehicles of all types travel the A66 in Eden every day, and the road has been the scene of countless accidents over the years, many of which have involved fatalities.

The road’s poor safety record has let to increasingly heated demands for changes to its layout.

At last it would seem the voices calling for change have been heard by central government, and the hard cash needed to make improvements to this vital trans-Pennine route is to be made available.

A total of 20 consultation events are to take place across the affected communities, including at Penrith and Appleby, in the coming weeks, and infrastructure work is due to begin late in 2022.

It is absolutely vital that people living in Eden, for whom the A66 is a key route, make their voices heard at this stage of the process.

Only by getting involved in the consultation can communities along the A66, who are all too familiar with the road’s problems, help shape the best, safest outcome possible for its future.