Planning permission granted for A66 Northern Trans-Pennine route upgrade

The Secretary of State for Transport has given the green light to National Highways’ £1.3bn scheme to upgrade a 29km stretch of the A66 between Cumbria and Yorkshire. The major project proposes to upgrade seven sections of single carriageway to dual carriageway along the A66 between the M6 Junction 40 at Penrith and the A1 […]

Development Consent Order approved

Plans to upgrade the A66 route between Penrith and Scotch Corner were today (7 March 2024) given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State for Transport. The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project, which is a key part of the government’s £24 billion investment into roads, will transform journeys along the A66 in the North of England. […]

Balfour Beatty starts the search for sub-contractors for A66 upgrade project

Balfour Beatty has started the search for sub-contractors to support it on the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine upgrade project. The company is looking for firms to help it with some major elements of the upgrade including earthworks, steelworks and pavements. After delivery consent is awarded by the DfT, work is expected to start next year on […]

Costain says end of A66 contract has no material effect on its business

After the announcement that Costain is no longer involved in the A66 Trans-Pennine improvement works, the company has put out a statement setting out what it means for the business. It has also confirmed that it will continue with work for National Highways on the A12 and A120 in Essex. On Tuesday, the company announced […]

Costain no longer involved in A66 Trans-Pennine project

Construction company Costain will not be involved in the A66 Trans-Pennine improvement works which involves improving the road between the M6 at Penrith and A1(M) at Scotch Corner. The project sees the single carriageway sections of the road upgraded to dual carriageway standard and making improvements to the junctions along the route. A spokesperson for […]

Multiple improvements made to A66 Trans-Pennie scheme

A series of improvements have been made to design plans for the proposed A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project. National Highways has said it has ‘taken on board’ feedback from the public and other stakeholders as well as suggested improvements from delivery partners Balfour Beatty, Costain, Keltbray and Kier – and will present these changes at a […]

DfT says A66 upgrade is poor value for money

The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that National Highways’ proposed upgrade of the A66 between Cumbria and North Yorkshire is “poor value for money”. In the DfT’s latest business case assessment, the scheme has been given an adjusted benefit cost ratio (BCR) of 0.90. Anything below 1.0 is deemed to be “poor value for […]

Development Consent Order application accepted for A66 Trans-Pennine scheme

The Development Consent Order application for National Highways’ A66 Trans-Pennine scheme has been accepted. The £1bn A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project will lead to dualling the remaining single carriageway sections of the dualled and key junctions between M6 Junction 40 (Penrith) and the A1 at Scotch Corner improved. National Highways submitted its application on Tuesday 21 […]

A66 upgrade comes a step closer

A billion pound upgrade of one of Cumbria’s busiest roads has moved a step closer. ITV reports that plans are being developed to fully dual the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner, and National Highways has now submitted a development application to the Planning Inspectorate. An examination is expected to start in the autumn and […]


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