A1 Morpeth to Ellingham dualling

The A1 is one of the country's longest roads, connecting London and Edinburgh. The route currently consists of motorway and dual carriageways, with some sections of single carriageway between Morpeth and Ellingham.

Start date July - September 2022
End date 2024-25
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 25 August 2020

    Development Consent Order accepted

    The DCO has now been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination which means it has now entered the pre-examination stage. There will be an opportunity for people to further comment about the scheme known as the “relevant representation period”. This is due to commence on 17 September and close 30 October 2020. More information is available on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

  • 08 July 2020

    Development Consent Order (DCO) submitted

    The Development Consent Order (DCO) has now been submitted. This is the next stage in progressing this scheme towards construction.

    The DCO will shortly enter the examination period, meaning that the Planning Inspectorate has up to six months to carry out the examination. During this stage interested parties who have registered by making a relevant representation are invited to provide more details of their views in writing. Careful consideration is given by the Examining Authority to all the important and relevant matters including the representations of all interested parties, any supporting evidence submitted and answers provided to the Examining Authority’s questions set out in writing or posed at hearings.

  • 30 April 2020

    Combining two schemes

    We made the preferred route announcement in September 2017 and following that consulted on the proposed improvements for Morpeth to Felton in 2018 and Alnwick to Ellingham in 2019.

    We had originally planned to submit two separate Development Consent Orders (DCOs) - a special type of planning application which is needed for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. One for the Morpeth to Felton section and one for the Alnwick to Ellingham section. This was because there was going to be a significant time difference between the construction of the two sections. Due to delays with our work on the Morpeth to Felton section, we have taken the opportunity to combine the DCOs and will now submit just one DCO application for the A1 Morpeth to Ellingham. Combining the two DCOs into one has a number of benefits and means that if you wish to make a comment on the proposals, you only need to comment on one application.

    If you had previously subscribed to our A1 Morpeth to Felton webpage you will have received a notification that the information about this scheme is moving to this page. If you type in the website address for the A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme it will automatically redirect you to this page.

Project information


In Northumberland, the A1 takes motorists through rural countryside and close to the coastline. This section of the A1 is used by a wide variety of people for many different reasons. This includes people travelling long-distance between Newcastle and Edinburgh for work, local traffic accessing rural areas and tourists who come to visit the coastline and the area’s many historic attractions.

The scheme will involve upgrading eight miles of the A1 to a dual carriageway between Morpeth and Felton, including construction of a new dual carriageway bypassing the existing A1 between Priests Bridge and Burgham Park. The old section of the A1 carriageway will be de-trunked and become a local road – meaning this section of road will be owned and maintained by Northumberland County Council.

Between Alnwick and Ellingham a further five miles of the existing A1 will be upgraded to dual carriageway. This will be done along the existing single carriageway road.

As well as the dualling, we will also construct:

  • four new compact grade separated junctions at Highlaws, Fenrother, West Moor and Charlton Mires providing safe access onto and of the A1 as well as maintaining links to the local road network
  • a new bridge where the A1 cross over the River Coquet parallel to the existing bridge
  • a new accommodation bridge at Heckley Fence

As the route is one of strategic national importance our aims are to:

  • improve network resilience and journey time reliability
  • improve safety
  • maintain access for local traffic whilst improving conditions for strategic traffic
  • facilitate future economic growth
  • work to prevent potential impacts on the natural and built environment, and identify opportunities to provide a long-term a sustainable benefit to the environment


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