Road Link (A69) Limited have a 30 year contract with the Highways Agency to operate and maintain the A69 trunk road between Carlisle and Newcastle. This long-term contract was one of the first awarded via the Government’s Private Finance Initiative. The Highways Agency continually monitors performance to ensure the A69 is a well-maintained, safe and reliable route.

The A69 Carlisle to New­cas­tle trunk Road is the major east west route serv­ing the north east of Eng­land. The A69 between the A1 in the east and the M6 in the west, pro­vides an impor­tant link in the strate­gic road net­work, link­ing the indus­trial areas of the North East Eng­land and Teesside with the North West of Eng­land, the West of Scot­land and, via the west coast ports, with Ire­land. It also pro­vides a route to the Lake Dis­trict for hol­i­day traf­fic. The route has been des­ig­nated a part of the Trans Euro­pean Road Network.

Identified and planned works by Road Link include road resurfacing, bridge repairs, winter preparation and routine maintenance including landscape works, sign cleaning and litter picking. Emergency incidents have also been handled at the request of the police. All works are planned well in advance so as delays to traffic is minimised.