Press release

Resurfacing and drainage improvements to complete A66 upgrade

A section of the A66 between Keswick and Penrith in Cumbria is to get further improvements following work to make junctions safer.

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A £500,000 Highways England project along the route at Troutbeck has already widened the carriageway to provide 2 new dedicated right turns for traffic heading to businesses on either side of the A66 – the Sportsman Inn and Cocklakes Farm.

Now a further £315,000 is being spent to resurface the carriageway west of the new layout and repair or replace drains.

That work will start on Tuesday (24 November) and will be completed by Wednesday 23 December.

Highways England Project Manager Peter Gee said:

This is further work to make this section of the A66 safer and give drivers smoother and more reliable journeys.

We appreciate this comes straight after the layout improvement but we’re keen to get in and complete the resurfacing and drainage repairs before the busy Christmas and New Year travel period.

The drainage improvements will take place during the first couple of weeks of the new project and will require temporary traffic lights to be used around the clock to help keep road users a safe distance from deep excavations. The lights will be staffed during peak times to prevent needless queuing. Use of the lights will be reduced to overnight hours as quickly as possible for the resurfacing phase of the work.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 19 November 2015