A1(M) Vigo Railway

We are installing a tunnel liner under the existing A1 motorway bridges and realigning the cycleway in Chester le Street.

Start date September 2019
End date May 2021
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 04 May 2021

    Resurfacing of Picktree Lodge and Vigo Lane – 8 to 10 May

    We have received permission from Durham County Council to undertake resurfacing of Picktree Lodge and Vigo Lane this coming weekend.

    Work will be carried out from 9am Saturday 8 May until 9am Monday 10 May.

    Whilst this work is happening there will be localised closures with diversions in place.

    Workers on site will ensure that access to homes is retained at all times.

    I have enclosed diagrams which show where we will be working and what traffic management we will be using.

    You can find all the latest information on our Twitter feed, Facebook page and the traffic information pages of our website at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/travel-updates/.


  • 06 April 2021

    Opening schedule

    We are very close to completing work on the cycle route which will open up fully shortly.

    After that, we still have some work to do to remove the ramp and the work compound. This will take a further few weeks. We expect to be completing the final resurfacing on Picktree Lodge in mid May.


  • 01 August 2020

    Foundation work complete

    We have successfully completed laying the foundation and now we are installing the steel tunnel liner under the bridge.

    We will infill the steel liner with a concrete surround to finish the structural works on the new bridge and realign the Coast to Coast cycle route.

    We will remove the access ramp and the compound shortly before scheme completion.

  • 19 September 2019

    Work resumes following testing

    We have completed the testing we were asked to do by the council and are now returning to site, reinstating the compound and getting ready to fully resume work. We will be building a temporary footpath before installing a new steel tunnel liner under the A1M Vigo Lane Railway bridge, which will realign the Coast to Coast cycle route.

Project information


The work is needed to ensure the safety of the tunnel and longevity of the bridge. This will involve temporarily closing the Sustrans cycle route and providing an alternative diversion. The works were stopped in November 2018 following the discovery of technical issues which have now been resolved.

The aims of this scheme are to provide:

  • safety and longevity of the tunnel
  • increased access to cycle way


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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