Penrith roads flyover "carbuncle" claim

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2018

EDEN Council's leader has described a proposed flyover, linking two main roads near Penrith, as a "carbuncle at the gateway to the Lake District".

Any proposed structure would be part of the A66 dualling from Scotch Corner to Penrith and would join the improved route to the A6.

However, Kevin Beaty (Con, Skelton) will put forward a motion at a meeting of the full council next Thursday urging his fellow councillors to strongly oppose any plans put forward by Highways England for a flyover.

He said: “We fully support plans for dualling the A66 which is long overdue, but how this improved road meets the A6 is a critical part of how our district develops in the future.

"A flyover to join these two roads would be a carbuncle, a truly brutal measure at the gateway to the Lake District, which has recently been awarded world heritage status," he said. "Any flyover would undoubtedly ruin the views people enjoy of Eden district from within the national park and from Penrith's historic Beacon."

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