£250,000 grant to explore plan for new Penrith bypass

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018

HIGHWAYS England has confirmed it will continue to look at its own options to alleviate traffic congestion at Penrith’s Kemplay roundabout after Eden Council won a £250,000 grant to investigate the possibility of an eastern bypass to connect the A66 to Junction 41 of the M6.

The council successfully bid for a planning delivery grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support joint research with other agencies into the proposed route from two points on the A66 close to Whinfell Park across to Stoneybeck roundabout and Junction 41 of the M6, bypassing both Kemplay and Junction 40.

However, Highways England, which has overall responsibility for A-roads and motorways, said that while it would continue to talk with the councils in Cumbria, it was continuing with its own investigations to alleviate traffic congestion on the A66 and at Kemplay roundabout.

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