The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the open consultation on plans to dual the trans-Pennine section of the A66, declaring this a “vital route” for the logistics industry.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling launched the consultation, outlining options for the A66, which is of great importance, both regionally and nationally.
Suggestions in the public consultation set out ideas on how to fully dual the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66, covering 18 miles of the 50-mile route in total.
FTA’s Head of Road Network and Management Policy, Malcolm Bingham, said the “vital route” is currently not fit for purpose, and the Association is looking forward to making steps fully dual that road.
He said: “FTA has been campaigning for the dualing of the trans-Pennine section of the A66 for many years; we are thrilled Highways England has now been given the ‘green light’ to proceed and is launching an open consultation to determine the best option for the new route.
“This section of the A66, between Scotch Corner and Penrith, is a vital route for the UK logistics industry, connecting the Lake District and North Pennines to the East of England.
“But its current composition – a mix of dual and single carriageways – has caused countless vehicle incidents and frequent congestion. It simply is not a safe and efficient route.
“The logistics industry is a lifeblood of the UK economy and needs an efficient and effective road network to continue stocking Britain’s factories, retail outlets, schools, hospitals and homes with the raw materials and goods they need to continue operating efficiently.
“the dualing of the trans-Pennine section of the A66 will provide an essential boost to the road network in the North of England and further afield; we look forward to working with Highways England to determine the final shape of the new A66.”