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UK road A66.PNG
A66 road
Direction East - West
Start Workington
Primary
destinations1
Keswick
Penrith
Brough
Scotch Corner
Darlington
Middlesbrough
End Grangetown
Roads joined UK road A595.PNG A595 road
UK road A596.PNG A596 road
UK road A5271.PNG A5271 road
UK road A591.PNG A591 road
UK road A592.PNG A592 road
[ M⁠6 ⁠] M6 motorway
UK road A6.svg A6 road
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UK road A685.PNG A685 road
UK road A67.PNG A67 road
UK road A6108.PNG A6108 road
[ A⁠1 (M) ⁠] A1(M) motorway
UK road A1.svg A1 road
UK road A167.PNG A167 road
UK road A1150.PNG A1150 road
UK road A135.PNG A135 road
UK road A1130.PNG A1130 road
UK road A19.svg A19 road
UK road A1032.PNG A1032 road
UK road A178.PNG A178 road
UK road A172.PNG A172 road
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UK road A1053.PNG A1053 road
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.


The A66 is a major road in northern England which in part follows the course of the Roman road from Scotch Corner to Penrith.[1] It runs from east of Middlesbrough in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire to Workington in Cumbria. It is anomalously numbered since west of Penrith it trespasses into Name Zone 5; this is because it originally terminated at the A6 in Penrith, but was extended further west in order to create one continuous east–west route.

From its eastern terminus between Redcar and Middlesbrough, it runs past Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington mainly as two to three lane dual-carriageway and 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 Corner from 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. There is a short stretch of two lane dual carriageway alongside the northern part of Bassenthwaite Lake between Keswick and Cockermouth. Whilst the eastbound section follows the straight line of a disused railway, the westbound section has numerous fast bends with climbs and dips. The westbound section is currently undergoing roadworks and it appears that half of the original length of this section will be permanently reduced to a single lane with a 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) limit.

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History

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 congruous 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 motorway through Cumbria, to provide a more attractive route to the West Coast.

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Transpennine Dualling

The middle section of the A66 between Scotch Corner on 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 Spellar gave 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 motorway standard.

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."

Section Start End Dual-carriageway Notes
M6-A6 M6 J40 A6 Opened 1971
Penrith Bypass A6 Brougham Opened 1971
Penrith-Temple Sowerby Brougham Winderwath - On hold
Temple Sowerby Bypass Winderwath Temple Sowerby East Opened 2007
Temple Sowerby-Appleby Temple Sowerby East Crackenthorpe - On hold
Appleby Bypass Crackenthorpe Coupland Opened by 1982
Warcop Bypass Coupland Brough West - On hold
Brough Bypass Brough West Brough East Opened 1977
Brough-Stainmore Brough East Stainmore Opened 1994
Stainmore Bypass Stainmore Banks Gate Opened 1992
Bowes Moor Banks Gate Bowes West Opened 1993
Bowes Bypass Bowes West Bowes East - On hold
Boldon Bypass Bowes East Cross Lanes Opened by 1983
Cross Lanes-Greta Bridge Cross Lanes Greta Bridge West - On hold
Greta Bridge Bypass Greta Bridge West Greta Bridge East Opened 1980
Greta Bridge-Stephen Bank Greta Bridge East Stephen Bank Opened 2008
Stephen Bank-Carkin Moor Stephen Bank Carkin Moor - On hold
Carkin Moor-Scotch Corner (A1) Carkin Moor Scotch Corner (A1) Opened 2008

All dates for openings are estimates based upon information provided by the Highways Agency and are subject to change or delay.

A66(M)

A66(M) motorway
UK motorway A66(M).PNG

Road of the United Kingdom

Length 1 miles (1.6 km)
Direction East - West
Start Cleasby
Primary destinations
End Stapleton
Construction dates 1965 - complete route
Motorways joined UK-Motorway-A1 (M).svg
A1(M) motorway

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.[2] It can only be accessed by northbound traffic on the A1(M) and has exit to this route southbound only.

Junctions

A66(M) Motorway
Eastbound exits Junction Westbound exits
Darlington A66
Stapleton, Barton
Start of motorway
Start of motorway A1(M) J57 The SOUTH, Scotch Corner A1(M)

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