- A66 road
UK road routebox
road = A66
direction = East - West
end = Grangetown
destinations = Keswick
The A66 is a major road in northern
Englandwhich in part follows the course of the Roman road from Scotch Cornerto Penrith. [ in Penrith, but was extended further west in order to create one continuous east–west route.
From its eastern terminus between
Redcarand Middlesbrough, it runs past Stockton-on-Teesand Darlingtonmainly as two to three lane dual-carriagewayand single carriageway past Darlington, becoming motorway standard as the A66(M) shortly before meeting junction 57 of the A1(M). It follows the A1(M) south to Scotch Cornerfrom where it continues west across the Pennines, past Brough, Appleby, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Keswick and Cockermouth, and on through the northern reaches of the Lake District, before arriving at the coastal town of Workington.
When road numbers were first designated in the 1920s, the A66 was assigned to the route between Penrith and Hull via Scotch Corner and
York, mainly along former Roman roads. Its original route and today's route are largely between Penrith and Scotch Corner. The historic route between Scotch Corner and Hull follows what is now today's A1, A168, B6265, A59 and A1079. The A66 was extended westwards along the existing A594 (with upgrades) after the construction of the M6 motorwaythrough Cumbria, to provide a more attractive route to the West Coast.Fact|date=January 2008
On February, 1st 2008 there was a whiteout on this road. Twenty five HGVs were trapped and this same snow storm caused the loss of power in 8000 homes.
The middle section of the A66 between
Scotch Corneron the A1 and Penrith on the M6 forms one of the key trans-Pennine trunk routes and has one of the worst road safety records in the UK. Various bypasses and upgrades have been constructed since the early 1970s giving the current mix of single and dual carriageway sections. In 2002, after many years of local campaigning, the Transport Minister John Spellargave support for the upgrading of the remaining single carriageway sections by the Highways Agency. The first three projects began construction in early 2006 and opened in 2007 and 2008. The whole route between the A1 and M6 was due to be dualled by 2011, by which time the A1 at Scotch Corner was also due to have been upgraded to motorwaystandard.
However after the construction of several sections was commenced it was announced that those schemes which are currently in the planning phase will not go ahead to construction until at least 2016. The Highways Agency website states "Other than those already committed, the Regions did not identify any other major schemes for the A66 as high priorities to receive funding. This means that there is currently no likelihood of any additional major schemes on this route being funded within the next ten year period. However, the Regional Funding Allocation process will be reviewed in due course and this will give an opportunity for the Regions to revise their priorities."
All dates for openings are estimates based upon information provided by the Highways Agency and are subject to change or delay.
UK motorway routebox
direction= East - West
completion-date= complete route
The A66(M) is a spur from the A1(M). It was opened in 1965 along with the A1(M) as part of the "Darlington by-pass motorway". [ [http://www.iht.org/motorway/a1durdarlstat.htm The Motorway Archive - A1(M) & A66(M) The Darlington By-Pass motorway Dates Page] ] It can only be accessed by northbound traffic on the A1(M) and has exit to this route southbound only.
* [http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/a66m/ CBRD Motorway Database - A66(M)]
* [http://pathetic.org.uk/current/a66m/ Pathetic Motorways - A66(M)]
* [http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/f99/66.shtml SABRE article on the A66]
* [http://www.iht.org/motorway/a1durdarl.htm The Motorway Archive - A1(M) & A66(M) The Darlington By-Pass motorway]
* [http://www.road-to-nowhere.co.uk/route-guides/A66/ Road to Nowhere: A66]
* [http://www.thisisthenortheast.co.uk/the_north_east/archive/2002/08/23/A76b84.reby.html A66 will be Fixed] - This is the North East
* [http://www.highways.gov.uk Highways Agency]
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