A66 maintenance schemes
The A66 is a major A-road stretching from the north-west to the north-east of England. It runs past the towns of Cockermouth, Penrith, and Appleby before joining the A1 at Scotch Corner. Over the next 12 months we’re investing approximately £7.5 million, maintaining journeys and safety for the thousands of drivers who use the A66 every day.
Between the towns of Cockermouth and Brough, we’ll be carrying out a number of maintenance schemes on the A66. View location map here.
These are essential in maintaining the network, keeping our customers safe and supporting the movement of essential supplies and services. While there are several projects planned along this stretch of the A66, we’re working together to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.
The following projects are part of the A66 maintenance programme:
We’re planning to carry out maintenance work on the A66 Appleby Bypass. Located between Appleby and Brough, the bypass has deteriorated over the years and now requires significant essential repairs. This will ensure the bypass remains safe and suitable for future use.
The work will take place both sides of the dual carriageway section of the A66. This will include resurfacing the carriageway, installing new waterproofing on the Bongate Moor Farm underpass, and replacing the road markings. We’re proposing to carry out the repairs in two phases:
Phase 1 – waterproofing to Bongate Moor Farm Underpass
We plan to start the waterproofing work from 11 April 2021, and it will take us around five weeks to complete. This will take place between 7pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.
Phase 2 – carriageway surfacing and replacement of road markings
From 14 June, the surfacing work will start, and we’re aiming to have this finished by the end of November 2021. This will take place between 7pm and 6am, Sunday to Friday.
For safety to road users and our workforce, daytime lane closures and a reduced speed limit (minimum of 30mph) will be in place throughout. Overnight, our team will manage traffic on site. This means motorists will be escorted passed the work area, ensuring access is maintained at all times.
Please note that we’ll need to make sure the area is safe before you are guided passed the work area, which could take a short period of time. Some slip road closures will be required overnight, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place.
We considered many options on how we could deliver these repairs, and we believe this to be the least disruptive method. We purposely chose not to close the A66, as this would divert motorists along a large diversion route, estimated to be 115 miles long. However, this also means the repairs will take longer to complete, as we can only focus on smaller sections at a time.
These works are separate to the proposed A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project. To find out more about this, please visit the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine page.
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.
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.
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.
Work to reconstruct the carriageway is now complete. Due to some recent bad weather, we were unable to finish replacing some of the road markings as planned.
We have rescheduled this to take place on the 10 and 11 November, between the hours of 8pm and 6am.
During these times, temporary traffic lights will be in place for safety. Access for motorists will be available at all times. Occasionally, our team will manage traffic on site. This means motorists will be escorted passed the work area, ensuring access is maintained at all times.