A tender is open for dualling the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66 which links the M6 motorway at Penrith in Cumbria and the A1(M) motorway) at Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire. The formal notice for the A66 Preliminary Designer, Construction Technical Advisor and Supervision tender process has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
The €1.16 billion project – a major part of the UK government’s Road Investment Strategy - is focusing on dualling the remaining 29km of the 80.5km route. The road is a major trucking route from to and from northern English seaports.
The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project is known as a Nationally Significant Project (NSIP) and means Highways England must apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to proceed with the project.
“The A66 northern trans-Pennine project will be one of the biggest infrastructure investments ever delivered in the north of England,” said Matt Townsend , Highways England senior project manager. “This is the first contract we’ll be awarding as the project moves towards the design and statutory processes phases.”
In July 2017 Arcadis Consultancy (UK) was appointed to help Highways England deliver initial options phases as part of the company’s project control framework (PCF). A preferred route will be announced in the spring with construction to start in the second quarter of 2020.
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More information for potential contract tenderers can be found on the website TED:
A €52 million contract to design the transformation of the A66 northern trans-Pennine route in England is now up for grabs, according to
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