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£36.6m A66 Temple Sowerby bypass opens to traffic

The £36.6 million A66 Temple Sowerby bypass has opened to traffic, removing noise, congestion and pollution.

The new bypass is designed to reduce traffic through the village by 95 per cent, reducing the impact on the community of around 15,000 vehicles which use the A66 every day.

“The Temple Sowerby bypass will make a significant difference to the community,” said Rosie Winterton,Transport Minister. It will remove through traffic, noise and pollution and breathe new life into the village. Drivers will benefit from more reliable journeys across the Pennines, thanks to the Highways Agency's investment in three major road schemes for the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.”

The new Temple Sowerby bypass has been carefully planned with screening and tree planting to reduce noise and intrusion on the village, which has 22 Grade II listed buildings in its centre and a stone arch bridge over the River Eden