The UK government said it will spend £1 billion to further upgrade the notorious trans-Pennine A66 road between Scotch Corner and Workington.
Highways England is now developing plans to fully dual carriageway the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66, which total 18 miles of the 50 mile route.
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We are investing a record £13 billion to improve journeys across the North of England.
“Dualling the A66 will not only mean drivers’ journeys are quicker, safer and more reliable across the Pennines, but is part of our pledge to ensure that the business opportunities of the Northern Powerhouse spread out from the great cities of the North of England to every city, town and rural community from the Midlands to the Scottish Lowlands.”
Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “The A66 connects businesses, communities and families across the north of England, and this highly anticipated upgrade is great news for the local, and regional economies and will improve the national road network.
“We’re pleased to be going out to the local community to consult on the options for the scheme.
“I would like to thank all our local partners who have supported us to get the project to this stage and I would encourage everyone with an interest in the scheme to get involved with this consultation.”