Alternative options assessment work


21 May 2021

Since we made our preferred route announcement in May 2020, we’ve been carrying out various studies and surveys. This is to help us better understand areas such as the environment, ecology, heritage and drainage along the route, including how we will deliver the construction of the project.

Alternative options assessment work

As work has progressed on our design for the A66, we’ve identified two locations – Kirkby Thore, Warcop where there is an opportunity to revise the proposed route to further reduce the environmental and ecological impact.  We are also looking at alternatives for the how the junctions could work at Cross Lanes and Rokeby, to best serve the local area.

We’re investigating these opportunities further, so it is too early to say what our preferred alternative is for these areas.  If our assessment work identifies deliverable enhancements to the preferred route at Kirkby Thore, Warcop and Rokeby we’ll consult on any these options later this year.

You can find further details of the routes in the links below.

Kirkby Thore leaflet

Rokeby leaflet

Warcop leaflet

We’ve been meeting with local residents and landowners around the potential alternative routes and have held COVID-secure drop-in events in Kirkby Thore and Warcop.

There’s a further event organised for Wednesday 4 August at The Witham in Barnard Castle between 11am and 8pm. Feel free to drop in and talk to our team about the emerging designs or ask any questions.