Yorkshire and North East - Maintenance schemes

Maintenance schemes taking place in the Yorkshire and North East region.

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We need to work on three sets of bridge joints so we’ve combined the work to cut down on the amount of time/disruption caused to road users, communities and businesses.

We’re also resurfacing some parts of the diversion routes in partnership with Darlington Borough Council.

Between 28 September and 13 October the northbound carriageway will be closed overnight (8pm to 6am) from junction 56 to junction 59 with clearly signed diversions in place. Local traffic will be able to join A1M at junction 58.

Between 14 October and 29 October the southbound carriageway will be closed overnight (8pm to 6am) from junction 58 to junction 56.

Diversions

The roundabout at junction 77, Kenton Bar, of the A1 is congested, particularly at peak times. To improve traffic flows and journey reliability we are remodelling the Ponteland Road approach to increase capacity. We’ll also resurface the roundabout and refresh the white lines.

To do this safely, we’ll need to close the Ponteland Road approach to the roundabout (8pm to 6am) between 16 March and 1 April 2020. We will retain access to businesses next to the work.

From 2 April until 6 May the roundabout itself will be closed to traffic.

Diversion routes

We're carrying out resurfacing and road stud renewal work on the A1 between junction 38 Redhouse and Ferrybridge where the A1 meets links to the M62 and A162 link roads to create safer, smoother and more reliable journeys for road users.

We’re planning to start work on Tuesday 1 September 2020 for around five weeks weather and circumstances permitting.

To carry out this work safely we’ll need to close sections of both carriageways, singles lanes, link roads, roundabout lanes and slip roads at different times between Redhouse and Ferrybridge on the A1(T).

To limit disruption resurfacing closures will be overnight and some signage removal and installation work will be during the day.

Access to Jacksons Lane and Coal Pit Lane northbound will be made available for residents.

The closure between Redhouse and Barnsdale Bar will take traffic off the A1 at junction 38 along the A639 and A6201 back onto the A1 at Barnsdale Bar.

The closure between Barnsdale Bar and Ferrybridge will take traffic off the A1 at Barnsdale Bar along the A639 via Pontefract to Ferrybridge.

We’ll need to close the A1 northbound entry and exit slip roads at Wentbridge over one weekend to safely carry out drainage work and allow time for the surfacing to cool properly.

The A1 needs resurfacing between junction 59 and junction 60. To do this work safely we need to use a series of overnight carriageway, lane and slip road closures. Work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am.

Whenever closures are in place there will be clearly signposted diversions.

The A19 between A172 Tontine Interchange and A174 Parkway Interchange needs resurfacing in both directions.

To do this safely we will use a series of overnight (8pm to 6am) closures. When these closures are in place the following diversions will apply:

Diversion via A172 northbound from Tontine junction
Diversion via A174 eastbound, A172 southbound

During the day a 50mph speed limit will be in place for traffic running on temporary surfaces.

We're installing new safety barriers in the central reservation for five miles from the M62 junction 38 to South Cave. We’ll also install new safety barrier, street lighting and replace signage in the verge and carry out repairs to the road surface including patching work, road markings and road studs.

And, from Western Interchange to Daltry Street we’re installing new concrete central reservation safety barrier along a five-mile stretch and replacing aging steel barriers and installing new street lighting in the verge.

The safety barriers are life expired in both locations and the lighting improvements will provide drivers with more consistent lighting levels which are more energy efficient.

All these improvements including the improvements to signage and road surface will provide a safer, smoother journey for customers.

We’ll start on the barrier schemes on Tuesday 1 September 2020 and we’re hoping to complete the work by April 2021. We’ll be working overnight between 8pm to 6am between Monday to Friday.

To carry out this work safely and keep disruption to a minimum, we’ll need to use a variety of road closures, but we’ll make sure we only close one section at time in each direction.

M62 junction 38 to A63 between South Cave and North Cave

• Full overnight carriageway closures from junction 37 through to South Cave either eastbound or westbound and lane two closed in the opposite carriageway. We anticipate we’ll need 15 closures westbound and 90 closures eastbound over the duration of the scheme.

• Full closure of eastbound footpath from the junction of Annie’s Med Lane and Pinfold to the A1034 (an alternative route is available via South Cave or Elleker Lane and Willow Flats) and footpaths next to the A63.

• While work is taking place we will need to remove the street lighting.

A63 section between Western Interchange and Daltry Street

• Full overnight carriageway closures either eastbound or westbound and lane two closed in the opposite carriageway. We anticipate we’ll need 97 closures westbound and 10 closures eastbound over the duration of the scheme.

• During full closures access to and from associated junctions will be restricted affecting Priory Way, Brighton Street and Daltry Street.

• Eastbound and westbound overnight lane two or lane one closures.

• We’ll be working closely with our colleagues on the A63 Castle St scheme to ensure the two schemes join up and we share traffic management.

Fully signed diversions will be in place, approved by local authority and police and only one side of the carriageway will be closed at any one time on both schemes.

To keep traffic moving during the day we’ll open the route in full, but speed will be limited to 40mph and camera enforced in both sections for safety while we replace the barrier.

We’re carrying out a series of improvements along the route between the A1(M) and Eastfield roundabout including resurfacing, improving crossing facilities and drainage.

This work will further improve safety and provide drivers with smoother journeys along the route, building on the £22m investment from last year.

Find out more about our A64 improvements scheme.

The snow gates are an important safety feature allowing both us and the police to restrict traffic access across the Pennines when the weather is too dangerous. We're replacing the entire gate system and the associated lights.


We’re widening the A66 eastbound approach to Little Burdon Roundabout to create a dedicated left turn lane onto the A1150.

We’ll also resurface the A66 westbound link road at Little Burdon Roundabout.

To do the work safely we'll use a range of daytime and overnight lane closures with some overnight full carriageway closures with clearly signed diversions in place.

We need to carry out resurfacing work on the A66 between New Lane and the dual carriageway to the east as part of the continuing A66 improvements started in February of this year.

To do this safely, considering social distancing for COVID 19 and overall carriageway widths, we will need to fully close the A66 between these points.

The work will be overnight to minimise disruption (8:30pm - 6am) from 16 August (Sunday - Thursday). We anticipate the resurfacing to take eight nights, with good weather. Please note that speed restrictions and some lane closures on the A66 will remain in place during the day for driver safety.

We will not be working on Friday and Saturday 21 and 22 August or the Bank Holiday Weekend, 27 - 31 August.

All side roads joining the A66 will remain open 24 hours to maintain local access although Moor Lane will not have access to the A66 overnight.

Through traffic and HGVs will be diverted onto a wide area diversion.

We’re replacing the expansion joint steel plates at River Calder Bridge which is located on the M1 between junctions 39 and 40, to improve safety and provide drivers with smoother journeys. Work will be taking place on both carriageways and is due to start on Friday 4 September and completed by the end of November, depending on reasonable weather and site conditions.

We’ll be removing the existing plate, one at a time, and inserting a temporary one while the original is returned to the workshop. Here they will use a guide to finely mill a new plate which has been cut to the approximate dimensions ahead of work. The dimensions of each plate is ever so slightly different and has to be machined perfectly to ensure the longevity of it once placed into position.

Once finished, the new plate will then be returned to site and fitted into place.

To keep disruption to a minimum we’re planning the main work on the M1 as follows:

  • Traffic using M1 northbound lane 3 (closure of entry slip lanes, lanes 1 and 2). Diversion of local traffic from junction 39, along the M1 southbound to junction 38 to join the M1 northbound.
  • Traffic using M1 southbound lane 3 (closure of the exit slip lane on the bridge and lanes 1 and 2. The exit slip road will remain open).
  • Both the above will take place concurrently Monday to Friday nights 8pm to 6am for five and a half weeks.
  • Followed by traffic using the M1 northbound entry slip lane with a lane 1, 2 and 3 closure. Full closure of the M1 northbound from the tip of the exit slip lane at junction 39. Traffic will be diverted on and off at junction 39.
  • Traffic using the M1 southbound exit slip lane with lanes 1, 2 and 3 closed. Both will take place concurrently Monday to Friday nights 8pm to 6am for five and a half weeks.

Diversion routes for the above closures will be fully signed. Access will be maintained for local traffic to properties and affected businesses. Emergency vehicles and police will also be able to gain access where needed throughout the work.

We’re changing the layout of the junction, by installing an extra lane on the exit slip road to ease congestion during busy periods. We’ll also carry out some essential maintenance; such as resurfacing and lining to improve safety.

We’re starting work on Monday 8 June overnight between 8pm and 6am and expect the scheme to last about four months.

To carry out this work safely we’ll be working in the hard shoulder but there will be occasional full overnight closures of junction 47 exit slip road and some of the main carriageway for some of the work and to install and remove traffic management.

Diversion route

We’re renewing the road studs and road markings on the M1 in both directions between junctions 30 and 42 to create safer journeys for drivers.

We’ll carry out the work overnight Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am and we’ll use a mixture of slip road closures and lane closures depending on the location of the work.

Fully signed diversions will be in place for the closures mostly using the motorway or trunk roads.

We’ll be resurfacing, replacing several drainage gully lids and renewing some marker posts between junctions 3 and 4 on the M180.

Work is due to start on Monday 14 September and we aim to complete it by Friday 24 October, weather and circumstances permitting. We’ll be working overnight between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday.

To carry out this work safely and quickly we’ll need to fully close the road between junctions 3 and 4.

The eastbound diversion will take road users up the M181 at junction 3 and along the A18 to re-join the M180 at junction 4.

The westbound diversion will be the same route in reverse, both will be fully signed.

We're carrying out a series of improvements on the westbound carriageway of the M62 between junctions 25 and 24 (Brighouse and Ainley Top). This includes resurfacing, road studs, signage and white lines in addition to some gully and kerb renewal work to provide drivers with smoother and safer journeys.

We’re planning to start work on Monday 5 October and complete by the end of November, weather and circumstances permitting.

We’ll be working overnight Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am using mostly lane closures under an advisory speed limit of 50mph.

We’ll need to fully close the westbound carriageway between junction 25 and 24 approximately seven times. We’ll also need to close the entry slip road at junction 25 and both exit and entry slip road at junction 24. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

Where possible and practical we’ll use the hard shoulder to limit the number of full closures.


Work to replace all 208 bearings on Ouse Bridge has been completed a year ahead of schedule. A hidden army of engineers have been working tirelessly under the bridge which carries 40,000 vehicles along the M62.

The completion of the work, which started in May 2018, allows the bridge to move in a controlled way during changes in temperature and weather. It is the first time the bearings have been replaced since the instantly-recognisable structure was unveiled in 1976.

With the new bearings now in place, all that’s left for the team to do is carry out a handful of minor tasks and replace the bridge parapet so a temporary 40mph speed limit along the M62 can be removed.

Work will start in July 2020 and is expected to be completed in September 2020. The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed on the westbound carriageway while this work is carried out and there will be an overnight closure at the beginning and end of the scheme to remove the traffic management. The eastbound carriageway will remain unaffected.

We’re carrying out work on the bridge and building a new footpath on the north east approach from Moselden Height.

Most of the work will take place during the day but there will be some construction taking place overnight.

Since we started work at the end of April we’ve removed the existing handrail, installed a temporary fence, completed the drilling for the anchor locations for the new handrail and safety barrier and carried out concrete repairs.

We were hoping to complete the scheme in September but unfortunately, our overnight closures planned on the M62 were cancelled due to over-running Yorkshire Water closures on the diversion route in Ripponden that couldn’t be removed.

We’ve now rebooked new closures to complete this work for five nights from Monday 7 Friday 11 September and again for two nights on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October. We’ll be installing the new barrier on the central section of Scammonden Bridge which means that it wouldn’t be safe for drivers to travel underneath the structure while we’re carrying this out.

For safety the B6114 will also remain closed until the work is finished.

We’ll be carrying out resurfacing and road stud renewals on sections of the M62, M621 and A62 at Gildersome interchange.

The existing road studs have reached the end of life and need replacing and the carriageway is showing signs of surface deterioration.

This work which will provide drivers with smoother and safer journeys will take place overnight on Saturdays and Sundays over three weekends between 8pm and 6am.
Work will start on Saturday 10 October and is due to complete at 6am on Monday 26 October, weather and circumstances permitting.

We’ll need to close different sections of the junction at different times to carry out the work, but fully signed diversions will be in place for all the closures and have been authorised by local authorities and police.

Pedestrians will be escorted through the crossings while we’re working overnight.

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