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CONTROVERSY OVER A66 PLANS

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Environmental campaigners are protesting against the widening of the A66 across the Pennines, though the scheme is ...
Environmental campaigners are protesting against the widening of the A66 across the Pennines, though the scheme is supported by local authorities, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Transport minister John Spellar said creating dual carriageway between Penrith and Scotch Corner would solve the congestion problems on the road and make it safer.

'Every local authority in the area and the regional bodies are all enormously favourable to this development', he said. 'It is very important for the economy of the north east.'

But campaigning group Transport 2000 said speed restrictions would solve the

problems without increasing the volumes of traffic and spoiling the environment in an area of outstnading natural beauty.

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