A1 Scotswood to North Brunton

We’re increasing the current two lanes of the A1 in each direction to three lanes between Scotswood and North Brunton.

Start date March 2020
End date 2022-23
Cost £139 million to £183 million

Latest updates

  • 02 March 2021

    Progress update – March 2021

    There will be big changes throughout March, with the completion of the northern traffic switch. This will see the new lane 2 and lane 3 resurfacing completed, and the traffic will move into these lanes permanently.

    This will then allow our construction teams to move into the verges to carry out widening works between junctions 77 and 79 during the day. Northbound daytime working will start in mid-March followed by southbound daytime working starting before the start of April.

    Once daytime working starts this will significantly reduce the number of overnight closures in this northern part of the scheme, with the majority of works planned for during the day with two lanes of the A1 remaining open to traffic at all times.

    In the southern part of the scheme, work will continue to grout underground mine workings and we’ll complete the hardening of the central reservation.

    This will allow us to start work on the second phase of building the new concrete safety barrier at junction 77, heading towards junction 75.

  • 19 February 2021

    New concrete barrier to be moved into position

    We’ve created the new concrete barrier in the central reservation and over the next four to six weeks we’ll be able to move that into position and resurface the road, creating the new lane 2 and 3.

    This will allow us to start working in the verges to add the additional lane which will reduce congestion in the area. This will continue throughout the year and will include replacing the drainage which will prevent flooding on the A1.

    Some of this work will be taking place during the day, however we’ll still need some overnight closures due to the nature of the work and the equipment we’ll need to use.

    These closures will be between 8pm and 6am and will be a mixture of lane and full closures. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

  • 04 January 2021

    Construction update

    From mid-January we will be moving the traffic closer to the central reservation so that we can start the preparation work in the verges for the construction of the additional lane. The change in the temporary road layout will change significantly over a number of weeks.

    We will be carrying out some work during the day but unfortunately, we also need to carry out some of the work at night.

    The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.  Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working responsibly in the local community. We have also carried out a noise assessment and monitor noise levels regularly during the work.

    Safety is our number one priority and for this reason work of this type must be carried out while our roads are the quietest.  This is typically overnight as this causes the least disruption to our roads and it also ensures the safety of the workforce. 

    Overnight closures are listed daily on our Twitter feed @HighwaysNEAST

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  • 18 December 2020

    Construction stops for Christmas and New Year

    Work has now stopped until 4 January 2021.

    The traffic management will remain in place during this time, along with the 50mph speed limit.

    From mid-January we'll move the traffic closer to the central reservation so that we can start the preparation work in the verges for the construction of the additional lane. The change in the temporary road layout will change significantly over a number of weeks.

    We'll carry out some work during the day but unfortunately, we also need to carry out some of the work at night.

    The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we'll make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise. Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working responsibly in the local community. We've also carried out a noise assessment and monitor noise levels regularly during the work.

    Safety is our number one priority and for this reason work of this type must be carried out while our roads are the quietest. This is typically overnight as this causes the least disruption to our roads and it also ensures the safety of the workforce. 

    Overnight closures are listed daily on our Twitter feed @HighwaysNEAST

    For more information please check out our Facebook page.

     

  • 07 October 2020

    Central barrier removal work begins

    Work has started to remove the existing central reservation barrier which is being upgraded as part of the scheme. We’re currently carrying out drainage work, and surveys to ensure we don’t disrupt any of the existing services that are underneath. Next month we’ll be starting resurfacing and installing the new concrete barrier which will improve safety for the thousands of drivers who use the route every day.

    All this work is being carried out overnight (8pm to 6am) under lane and full carriageway closures. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

Project information

Overview

The scheme is focused on improving the economic performance of the region and improving accessibility to jobs and services whilst supporting additional development in the area.

Population and economic growth requires additional housing and economic land to be developed and there are a number of specific development sites in the immediate vicinity of the route which will have a direct impact on traffic conditions.

Once complete the scheme will provide wider economic impacts for business users and freight. These will result from the improvement in links between locations of economic importance in the region, such as Team Valley Employment Zone, Intu Metrocentre and Newcastle Airport

Without appropriate intervention to improve the performance of the A1 in this location, the problems would be expected to deteriorate further in the future as traffic levels increase.

We intend to:

  • support economic growth
  • provide a safe and serviceable network
  • help traffic flow more freely
  • improve the environment
  • provide an accessible and integrated road network 

Friday 9 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Saturday 10 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Sunday 11 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Monday 12 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Tuesday 13 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Wednesday 14 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 77

A1 fully closed Northbound between J77 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J79 and 77

A1 fully closed southbound between J77 and 73

Thursday 15 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 77

A1 fully closed northbound between J77 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J79 and 77

A1 fully closed southbound between J77 and 73

Friday 16 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 77

A1 fully closed Northbound between J77 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J79 and 77

A1 fully closed southbound between J77 and 73

Saturday 17 April & Sunday 18 April

No planned works

Monday 19 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Tuesday 20 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Wednesday 21 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Thursday 22 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Friday 23 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Saturday 24 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Sunday 25 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Monday 26 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Tuesday 27 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Wednesday 28 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Thursday 29 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

Friday 30 April

A1 lane 2 closed northbound between J73 and 79

A1 lane 2 closed southbound between J80 and 79

A1 full closure southbound between J79 and 73

 

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