Press release

Safety improvements considered for A66 near Penrith

A study is to be carried out looking at possible safety improvements for an eight-mile stretch of the A66 near Penrith.

The Highways Agency is reviewing the section of the A66 between Appleby-in-Westmorland and Brough after the latest statistics showed there have been 31 accidents involving injuries over the past five years.

In total, 11 people suffered serious injuries and 31 suffered minor injuries between 2009 and 2013.

Motorists and local residents are being encouraged to attend a public event at Brough Memorial Hall to share their experiences, raise road safety concerns and make suggestions for improvements on Thursday 13 November.

Staff from the Highways Agency and its contractor for Cumbria, EM Highways, will be available to answer questions and discuss a study currently being carried out to assess safety issues on the A66.

Jonathan Reade, Project Manager at the Highways Agency, said:

The section of the A66 between Appleby and Brough is a single carriageway with quite a few bends and hills.

We’re encouraging as many people as possible to come and see us at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November so we can find out about concerns and hear suggestions for improvements. We’ll then use the feedback we receive as part of our study into safety on the A66.

The event at Brough Memorial Hall on New Road will take place between 1pm and 7pm on Thursday 13 November. People can attend at any time during the six hours.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

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