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A66 £1 billion upgrade project – have your say


Billed as the “biggest investment in the north’s road network for a generation”, the planned upgrade of the A66 promises to play a major part in National Highways’ Roads Investment Strategy.

National Highways is currently engaging with road users ahead of the planned £1 billion improvements, which it said will help level up the regional economic differences across parts of the UK. Lee Hillyard, the project’s director, has also claimed that “critical national freight journeys will also be made more reliable.”

The east-west highway scheme between the M6 at Penrith in Cumbria and the A1 at Scotch Corner plans to dual the remaining 18 miles of single carriageway along the 50-mile trans-Pennine route. Since announcing its preferred route in spring 2020, National Highways has been carrying out environmental and geological surveys.

National Highways has consulted widely on the scheme, holding 15 consultation events, as well as taking an engagement van up and down the A66 so that road users can ask questions about the latest designs. Its six-week consultation will end at 11.59pm on Saturday 6 November 2021.

Mags Simpson, Head of Policy Engagement, Logistics UK, said: “With its promise to improve safety, make journey times more reliable, and improve east-west connectivity in the North of England, Logistics UK is fully supportive of this major upgrade to the A66.

“However, with little more than a fortnight to go before the consultation closes, we are urging members to have their say on this important infrastructure project while the opportunity to respond remains open. It is vital that the views of the logistics sector are heard on the plans for this strategic freight corridor in the North of England.”

Members can either respond to National Highways as individual businesses or feedback to Logistics UK to help inform the business group’s broader consultation response.

*www.logistics.org.uk/campaigns/better-infrastructure

Published On: 21/10/2021 16:00:17

 

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