During early 2022, we’ve been carrying out further archaeological surveys and carrying out supplementary consultation in local areas to help us design the project in more detail.
Following our autumn 2021 consultation, we further developed our designs. Since last year, some of our proposals 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 directly contacted the local communities affected and carried out a smaller, supplementary targeted consultation with them. We also carried out a targeted consultation with impacted landowners and local authorities on a number of the smaller more localised changes. You can find out more about this in our winter update.
You can also look at the autumn 2021 consultation summary report.
The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project is known as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means that we need to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to obtain permission to construct the project.
We are now working on getting the application ready and will submit it in spring 2022.
This short video gives more information about the process behind the DCO and how we build roads.
The application will be made to the Planning Inspectorate. The Examining Authority will then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide whether the project will go ahead.
If it is approved, we will look to start construction in 2024.