A66 maintenance schemes

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The following projects are part of the A66 maintenance programme:

We're planning to start this scheme in the new year. This will replacing the existing road marking and road studs.

We will provide further information once the programme of work has been finalised.

We're improving the eastbound carriageway of the A66, between Stainmore and the boundary with County Durham. The work will take place in two phases, starting Sunday 26 June 2022 and finishing Friday 14 October 2022.

Phase one consists of building a new crossover point in the central reservation, just east of the North Stainmore junction. The new crossover will allow motorists to use a contraflow system while we’re carrying out phase two of the scheme. This will ensure the A66 remains open for traffic in both directions, reducing disruption to our customers.

The first phase is due to start on Sunday 26 June, and we’re aiming to finish on Thursday 15 August 2022. Lane closures and a 50mph speed limit will be in place during phase one.

To safely install the traffic management, the following four full overnight closures are planned between Bowes junction and Brough interchange:

  • Westbound closure, 8pm Sunday 26 June to 6am Monday 27 June 2022
  • Eastbound closure, 8pm Monday 27 June to 6am Tuesday 28 June 2022
  • Westbound closure, 8pm Tuesday 23 August to 6am Wednesday 24 August 2022
  • Eastbound closure, 8pm Wednesday 24 August to 6am Thursday 25 August 2022

Westbound diversion route via the A1 (M), A68, A69 and M6. Eastbound diversion via the same roads in reverse order. We're advising motorists to plan ahead before travelling and to avoid this part of the network on the dates and times above. Access for residents will always be maintained. 

Additionally, the lay-bys between the Bowes junction and Brough interchange will be closed between Friday 24 June and Tuesday 28 June 2022. And also between Monday 22 August and Thursday 25 August 2022.

As part of phase two we’re installing new road signs and studs, resurfacing the eastbound carriageway and putting a new safety barrier in place. We’re starting this phase of our work from Monday 19 September, with the aim of finishing by Friday 14 October 2022.

We’re replacing the weather station on the A66 at Troutbeck. Work will start on Tuesday 19 April for around five weeks, finishing on Tuesday 24 May 2022.

To keep disruption to a minimum we’ll be installing a contraflow system, enabling traffic to flow as normal in both directions.

We’ll also be carrying out our work during the day, between 7.30am and 5pm, but some overnight work is required to put the traffic management in position.

To allow us to safely install the contraflow system, we’ll be reducing the number of lanes to one. This will take place on Tuesday 19 April 2022, from 8pm to 6am.

The lane will carry eastbound and westbound traffic and will be managed with traffic lights. We’ll repeat the process on Tuesday 24 May 2022 to remove the traffic management.

For more information, please see the contraflow diagram. 

The A66 contraflow system

Over the years, the carriageway along the A66 in Warcop has deteriorated in the area, with pot holes and defects forming. We’re planning to carry out comprehensive repairs between Warcop and Flitholme. 

At the same time, we also plan to carry out some safety improvements at both the Flitholme and Langrigg junctions. This will entail installing interactive road signs, to alert road users on the A66 when vehicles are waiting to turn.

We will start our work from 16 January 2022 for around seven weeks. This will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am, when traffic flows are at their lowest. View our communication leaflet for more information.


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