• Press Release
  • September 18, 2017
  • United Kingdom

Arcadis appointed to develop proposals for A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Scheme

United Kingdom - Arcadis has won a two year contract with Highways England to develop proposals for the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine scheme. The project forms an integral part of Highway’s England’s Road Investment Strategy and will focus on identifying improvements to this 50-mile strategic transport corridor between the M6 and A1(M) motorways. Arcadis will be focusing on delivering design, traffic, economic and environmental assessments across the route.

Transport links across the Pennines are limited, with the A66 representing the most direct route between the Tees Valley, Yorkshire, East Midlands, East of England and Cumbria, Glasgow and much of central Scotland.  However the route is significantly under-utilised, with a poor safety record and only intermittent sections of dual carriageway adding to traffic volume and journey times.  

The only other major east-west crossing in northern England is the M62 but, with already high levels of congestion, any future growth in traffic levels - particularly related to freight movements - will accentuate the problem.  Improvements to the A66 have the potential to alleviate pressure around traffic flow, significantly improve connectivity and support wider economic growth. 

Steve Davies, Project Director at Arcadis, said: 

“Delivering better road links across the region is a core component for developing the Northern economy and an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda. As part of this, the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine scheme will play a major role in establishing more effective connections, ensuring safer and more reliable journey times between our key cities and ultimately supporting wider regional growth and prosperity.”

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