Super Start on A66 All Assets Defect Survey Works

Our drainage survey works packages for both Balfour Beatty & Kier are progressing well on the A66 in Cumbria. The works are spread over a considerable length of the A66 covering schemes 1, 2, 3 & 6.

Works consist of undertaking an ‘All Assets Defect Survey’ in accordance with CS551. The detailed drainage condition & inventory surveys are being undertaken on all drainage assets along the A66, associated local authority side roads and private land. Works are being completed during day and night time shifts to reduce drainage survey programme. By reducing the survey works programme we have enabled both the design programme to be shortened as well as reducing the overall time that traffic management is required.

The A66 project re-connects communities and links villages along the route. It improves connections for local people living and working nearby providing better access to services such as healthcare, jobs and education.

Dualling the remaining 18- mile single carriageway sections will improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve the reliability of people’s journeys between the M6 at Penrith and the A1(M) Scotch Corner and nationwide.

It will improve strategic regional and national connectivity, particularly for hauliers. Heavy goods vehicles account for a quarter of all traffic on the road and any delays to journeys can have an extremely negative effect on business, including lost working time and missed shipment slots. The improvement work will also reduce delays and queues during busy periods and improve the performance of key junctions such as the A66/A6 and the M6 junction 40.