About the project

The A66 is a key local, regional and national route for east/west journeys in the north of England providing vital connections for freight, tourism and businesses across the UK.

About the project

Development Consent Order accepted

Our Development Consent Order (DCO) has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) which means the project can move into the examination process.

To find out more about the DCO process and different stages, click here.

We've also produced an virtual environmental statement.

'Story so far' booklet

We've updated our story so far booklet which details the latest updates including the submission of our planning permission application on 21 June to the Planning Inspectorate.

Developed designs

Following our autumn 2021 consultation, we’ve further developed our designs. Since last year, some of our proposals have changed, in particular for the M6 junction 40 to Kemplay Bank, Temple Sowerby to Appleby, Appleby to Brough and Bowes Bypass schemes. This means we have directly contacted the local communities affected and have been carrying out a smaller, supplementary targeted consultation with them.

We are also carrying out a targeted consultation with impacted landowners and local authorities on a number of the smaller more localised changes.

Winter update

We’ve produced our winter 2021/2022 update so you can find out the latest on the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project. You can find out more about what we've been working on since last year's consultation and details of the design changes.

A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project winter update front cover

We’ve also published our consultation summary report which gives details of our route wide September to November 2021 consultation. You’ll be able to read about how many people took part and the feedback we received on our developing designs. 

If you wants a hard copy, of the winter update and summary report, you can find them at the following deposit points:

Penrith Library CA11 7YA
St Michael’s Church, Kirkby Thore CA10 1UR
Appleby Tourist Information CA16 6XE
Kirkby Stephen Library CA17 4QX
Brough Memorial Hall CA17 4AS
Cross Lanes Organic Farm DL12 9RT
Barnard Castle Library DL12 8JB
Mainsgill Farm Shop DL11 7PN
Richmond Library DL10 4AE
Clayport Library DH1 1WA

Updated map books

Please see links below to our latest maps of the individual schemes.

These maps are provided to update landowners and other stakeholders on our latest design as we progress towards our Development Consent Order (DCO) submission in spring 2022.

Map key

M6 junction 40 to Kemplay Bank

Penrith to Temple Sowerby

Temple Sowerby to Appleby

Appleby to Brough

Bowes Bypass

Cross Lanes to Rokeby 

Stephen Bank to Carkin Moor

A1(M) junction 53 Scotch Corner

The route

The A66 plays an essential role for journeys across the north of England and provides the most direct route between the central belt of Scotland and the eastern side of England. The route connects cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh with Leeds, Sheffield and Norwich.

It’s a critical route for freight, providing links to a number of international ports like Stranraer, Hull and Felixstowe and connects holiday makers to their destination, whether that be in the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District.

The A66 plays an important role in the life of nearby communities, connecting people to jobs, education, health and other essential services.

But sections of the road aren’t up to modern standards. It repeatedly widens and narrows, making it prone to congestion and delay.

The route carries high levels of freight, with 25% of the traffic being heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), more than twice the national average for a road of this nature.

We’re proposing to deliver one billion pounds worth of investment to dual the remaining single carriageway sections along the 50 mile stretch of the A66 between Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

This is one of the largest and most important highways investments in the north of England, and will significantly improve journeys, safety and connectivity.



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