£1 billion plan to make A66 full dual carriageway in Eden
LONG-awaited plans for a £1 billion pound project to make the entire length of the A66 from Scotch Corner to Penrith a full dual carriageway are set to be unveiled next week.
A spokesman for Highways England said: "We have been commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) to investigate the potential to improve the A66 between the M6 junction 40 at Penrith and the A1(M) at Scotch Corner to address the east/west connectivity across the Pennines in the north of England.
"We are proposing to invest around a billion pounds to dual the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66. This will significantly improve journeys and connectivity — which is great news for the local, regional and national economy.
"This work is important to future growth and will help the economies of both the North East and Cumbria, as well as improve journeys between England and Scotland."
Locations said to require improvements or dualling are: M6 junction 40 to Kemplay Bank roundabout (A66/A6 interchange); Penrith to Temple Sowerby; Temple Sowerby to Appleby — Kirkby Thore; Temple Sowerby to Appleby — Crackenthorpe; Appleby to Brough; Bowes Bypass; Cross Lanes to Rokeby; Stephen Bank to Carkin Moor.
Consultation on the proposals will be carried out at various events, running from 16th May to 11th June.
In Eden, residents will get a first chance to see the proposals at a two-day event at Penrith Rugby Club, Winters Park, on 17th May, from 11am to 7pm and 18th May, from 10am to 2pm.
Consultation events will also be taking place at the Appleby Hub from 29th May to 1st June; and at the Penrith Parish Centre from 4th to 6th June and 17th to 18th June.
Alternatively, people will be able to find out how to take part online at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A66TransPennine