‘Get involved’ call as A66 consultation reaches half-way stage

Image of the A6

Residents and road users are being urged to help shape the £1 billion transformation of the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1(M) at Scotch Corner by getting involved in this summer’s options consultation which has just four weeks left to run.

Highways England is developing plans to fully dual the remaining six single carriageway sections, which total 18 miles of the complete 50 mile route. This will provide improved benefits to journey time reliability, safety, network resilience and connectivity for nearby villages and towns.

image showing map of a66
Options for dualling the remaining 18 miles of the 50 mile route and delivering other
improvements are on display at forthcoming public consultation events

Since the consultation on different options for each section of road was launched by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on 16 May, more than 1,600 people have attended public consultation events in Penrith, Appleby and Gilling West near Richmond with hundreds contributing to the debate online or by post.

The public consultation events have resumed this week with Highways England staff in Barnard Castle for four days from today (Wednesday, 12 June) and then back in Penrith and Richmond next week before the consultation closes on Thursday 11 July.

Highways England senior project manager Matt Townsend said:

We are absolutely delighted with the response to the consultation so far and the public events suggest there is huge support for the investment with understandable very local opinions about individual options – which is precisely what we want to get from the process at this stage.

We just want to remind anyone who hasn’t been to an event yet or hasn’t or filled in a response form to get involved. Whether you’re a resident, trans-Pennine commuter, walker, cyclist, business or other land owner we want to hear your views and we want you to help shape the future of the A66 and the £1 billion pounds or more we are planning to invest in the road and the whole economy of the North.

Image of Highways England A66 project manager Matt Townsend
Highways England A66 project senior project manager Matt Townsend

Consultation brochures have been delivered to selected homes and businesses along the A66 but people can also contribute comments and insights as well as find information about the events on the consultation website.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the consultation can do so in a number of ways by:

  • filling in the brochure response form if they have received a brochure or picked one up at an event and returning it in the Freepost envelope provided
  • completing a response form online at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A66TransPennine
  • emailing comments and contributions to A66ntp

/Public Release. View in full here.