National Highways will be improving the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1(M) at Scotch Corner. The project will involve upgrading single carriageway sections of road to dual carriageway standard and making improvements to the junctions along the route.
If approved, the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project will improve safety and journey reliability for those travelling to and from Cumbria and beyond.
Thousands of holidaymakers use the A66 to get to Cumbria and hundreds of businesses rely on tourism. By making the route more reliable, we can not only improve access to hotspots such as the Lake District, we will support the regional and local economy.
We are a Strategic Partner with Cumbria Tourism as we will be part of community life for the next few years so we want to make sure we are putting something back. We will be using local resources and employment during any construction work which will help support the economy.
We also want to work with local and regional schools, colleges, academies, universities and community groups, encouraging the engineers of the future to consider a career in construction and provide training opportunities.