This is the Stage 1 report for the Northern Trans-Pennine strategic study. It outlines the high level case for making improvements to the A66 and A69 and improve Trans-Pennine connectivity. Further work needs to be carried out to develop the economic case for intervention.
Based on work so far, consultants have concluded that:
- both the A66 and A69 perform important functions to either the local or regional economies
- the A66 is a key strategic link, particularly for freight - its importance will only increase with the economic growth of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, and other strategic road link improvements
- the A69 performs a key function in integrating communities along the route into the wider north-east/north-west economy
- specific issues along both routes will constrain future economic development
- intervention will have a positive impact on travel reliability, network resilience, future national and regional connectivity, economic growth and the economic vitality of local communities
Background to the Northern Trans-Pennine strategic study
The Northern Trans-Pennine strategic study is one of 6 strategic studies that will inform the development of the second phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 2).
The study was announced as part of the first phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 1) published in December 2014. The RIS 1 and RIS 2 set out a long-term approach to improve England’s motorways and major roads (the ‘strategic road network’).