£1 billion for Trans-Pennine dualling transformationChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 24, 2020
Major upgrades to a northern Trans-Pennine route are a step closer with the official preferred route announced for the £1 billion UK A66 upgrade.
The A66 is both a nationally important road, linking the M6 at Penrith in Cumbria with the A1(M) at Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire, and a key regional route. As well as benefiting local people the upgrade will support tourism and freight traffic, improving connections between ports in Scotland and Northern Ireland and those in England at Hull and Felixstowe.
The proposals announced are also the most popular options among people responding in last year’s huge public consultation. They include five new bypasses, key junction improvements and an underpass at the congested Kemplay Bank roundabout near Penrith. ■