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We are resurfacing about 3 miles of the northbound carriageway of the A1 in Northumberland between Newton‐on‐the‐Moor (approximately 5 miles south of Alnwick) and West Cawledge (approximately 2 miles south of Alnwick).

We are using an innovative and more environmentally friendly method called cold repaving. This re-uses material dug out of the existing surface, mixes it with graphene and other materials giving a new road surface which makes journeys smoother and safer.

As we set up and remove the traffic management some junctions will be closed for one night. Local diversions will be in place.

Once we start work, the northbound carriageway will be completely closed with traffic running in contraflow, one lane in each direction, on the southbound carriageway.

The layout of the road and the need to close some crossovers mean that the following restrictions and diversions will be in place:

Newton on the Moor – both accesses from the A1 will be closed. Traffic will be diverted

Shilbottle area – access to the A1 southbound is maintained.

Whittingham area access from A1 closed. Traffic will be diverted

There are a number of residential and business properties which have direct access on to the A1. Each of these has been contacted with details of the restrictions and actions needed to maintain access to their properties. Where needed, our staff will accompany them in and out.

We always try to stick to our published closures but sometimes weather and other factors mean that dates can change.

We will be regularly updating our social media channels - @HighwaysNEAST and https://www.facebook.com/HighwaysNEast/

We’re installing new steel central reservation barrier on the A63 between junction 38 and South Cave.

At the same time, we will also:

  • renew some signs and streetlights
  • improve some sections of verge
  • resurface some sections of the road
  • replace road markings and reflective studs

The new barrier, lighting, signs, road markings and studs will help keep drivers safe as they travel along the route. Journeys will also be smother once resurfacing has been completed.

Work will start on 28 June 2021 and we’re planning to complete it by the end of February 2022. We’ll be working overnight between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

To safely complete this work, we will need to close one side of the A63 overnight where we are working. Other parts of the road, where we’re not working, will remain open.

The closures will be in place:

  • From Monday to Friday
  • Between 8pm and 6am
  • On one side of the A63 at a time, including side roads and slip roads

During closures, a fully signed diversion will be in place which has been agreed in advance with the local authority and police.

Customers who usually join the A63 at Melton or Welton to travel westbound, will need to join the carriageway and head east towards Weston Interchange where they can follow the diversion via the A164 and A1079 to Howden. Signs will be in place when the westbound carriageway is closed. The number of westbound closures will be kept to a minimum.

To keep traffic moving during the day, we’ll open the route in full, but speed will be limited to 40mph and camera enforced. This is to ensure the safety of customers while traveling through the roadworks. Laybys will be closed.

For those on foot, public rights of way crossing points on the A63 will be closed overnight Monday to Friday or when work takes place. A pedestrian diversion will be in place at the two crossing closest to South Cave and a diversion will be in place towards Annies Med lane.

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.

We’re responsible for the maintenance and repair of the motorway structure which takes the A640 over the M62 between junctions 23 and 22 connecting Outlane and Pole Moor on the outskirts of Huddersfield.

We’ve assessed the structure as part of our routine inspections and identified some repairs that we’ll need to do to improve journey reliability for road users on this route.

We’re busy working with our specialist contractors to develop a suitable design for the repair work but until then we’ll need to reduce the A640 to a single lane carriageway under semi-permanent traffic lights.

We’re starting work on Monday 1 March 2021 carrying out repairs to the manholes during the day under temporary traffic lights for around four weeks. We’ll then install concrete barriers and semi-permanent traffic lights that will remain in place until winter 2021-22.

When we’ve completed the minor manhole repairs, we’ll need to close the A640 overnight for two nights at the end of March between 8pm and 6am to install the concrete barriers, road markings and traffic signals. The dates are still being finalised.

Pedestrian access will be maintained across the structure except during this closure.

A fully signed and approved diversion will be in place via Quebec Road, Rochdale Road, Slaithwaite Gate, Halifax Road, Round Ings Road and vice versa.

What are we doing and why?

The road surface on the A66 westbound west of Bowes is significantly aged (35+ years in some places) and in need of repair.  This will result in a safer road surface, more visible road markings and an improved journey. 

How are we doing it and what is the impact?

The scheme is planned to start 7 June 2021 and run until the end of July 2021 (8 weeks).  Portions of the work will be 24hrs 7 days a week.  However, there will be portions that can only be done overnight (8pm to 6am).  As the scheme is running over several weeks, crews will need to take rest days/nights and you may not see people working.

 

Traffic flow and access will be maintained in both directions at all times.  However, journeys will take slightly longer because of speed restrictions, gap closures with diversions, use of single lanes, and the use of traffic lights with convoy. 

Some of the work is expected to be noisy.  Where possible, we will keep this to a minimum and complete the noisiest activities first.  Where this is not possible, we apologise in advance for any disturbance this may cause you and appreciate your understanding while we work to improve your roads.

Aspects of the traffic management that will impact those who live and work immediately next to the A66 are listed below.

  • 24hr speed restriction eastbound and westbound
  • 7–11 June daytime lane closures for barrier removal
  • 14-18 June overnight (8pm – 6am) traffic lights with convoy for resurfacing near Clint Bridge.  The A66 Westbound entry slip at Bowes will be closed with a signed diversion through Bowes.
  • 21-23 June A66 eastbound from Valley Farm to Bowes will progressively be reduced to a single lane.  Gaps will be closed as the work progresses.  The reduction and closures will be in operation 24 hrs a day.  The work will only be done over-night using traffic lights and convoy.
    • Properties on the eastbound carriageway will only be able to exit east, turning at Bowes.
    • Properties on the westbound carriageway will only be able to exit west, turning at Brough.
    • Vehicles over 2.9m wide will not be able to travel through
  • 24 June until 18 July all traffic between Valley Farm and Bowes will be carried on the eastbound carriageway 24hrs. a day with a single lane in each direction.  This is called contraflow.
    • Restrictions above continue to apply (travel direction and 2.9m vehicle width)
    • All gaps will be closed with signed diversion
    • Properties on the westbound carriageway will need traffic management escort in and out
    • Once work is complete west of Blue Cap, the contraflow will be reduced to Blue Cap to Bowes and gaps at Valley Farm, Bowes Moor, Coach and Horses, and Vale House will be re-opened.  This is anticipated for 10 July.
  • 19-22 July return to overnight (8pm-6am) work at Snow Gates with A66 Westbound entry slip at Bowes closed.  Eastbound will remain single lane and gaps at Snow Gates through Blue Cap will remain closed 24hr a day.  However, westbound traffic will return to the westbound carriageway on days.

The last week in July will be removal of traffic management overnight (8pm-6am) using lane closures with traffic lights and convoy.  During the day (6am-8pm) the barriers will be reinstated under lane closures.  By the end of July all traffic management will be removed, all gaps will be open and speeds will return to national limit.

What are we doing?

Safety improvements to 10 gaps in the central reserve between Bowes and the Cumbria border.  All gaps, except Rowton Bridge at the Cumbria border, will remain open.  New turning bans are proposed where there is no safe facility to reduce speed (no deceleration lane) or insufficient space to accommodate a turning area next to the carriageway.  Unless specifically listed below, all other movements will remain available for use.  Locations where U-turning is or will be allowed are also noted.  Our proposed work includes:

  • Rowton Bridge
    • Closure of central reservation gap
    • Installation of signage to reflect changes
    • Update of road markings as needed
  • Old Spital
    • U-turn ban preventing traffic turning from the eastbound carriageway onto the westbound carriageway
    • Right-turn ban preventing westbound traffic turning north
    • Installation of signage to reflect these changes
    • Update of road markings as needed, including addition of solar powered road studs
    • There is an existing No U-turn from the westbound which will remain
  • Valley Farm
    • Construction of a new vehicle turning area on the north side of the eastbound carriageway, and installation of a new a deceleration lane on the right side of the westbound carriageway to allow traffic to turn from west to eastbound
    • U-turn ban preventing traffic turning from eastbound carriageway to the west
    • Installation of signage to reflect these changes
    • Update of road markings as needed, including addition of solar powered road studs
    • When complete, westbound traffic will be able to make a right turn onto the moor and U-turn to the east
  • Bowes Moor Hotel
    • U-turn ban preventing traffic turning from the eastbound carriageway to the westbound carriageway
    • Right-turn ban preventing westbound traffic turning north
    • Installation of signage to reflect these changes
    • Investigating the potential to close the field access on the northern side of the A66
    • Update of road markings as needed, including solar powered road studs
    • There is an existing No U-turn from the westbound which will remain
  • Coach and Horses
    • Installation of signage
    • Update of road markings as needed
    • U-turns in both directions are possible at this gap.
  • Vale House Farm
    • Right-turn ban preventing westbound traffic turning north
    • Installation of signage and replacement of road markings
    • Investigating the potential to close the field access on the northern side of the A66
    • Update of road markings as needed
    • There is an existing No U-turn from the westbound which will remain
    • Eastbound traffic can turn U-turn to the westbound at this gap.
  • Blue Cap Hall
    • Installation of a deceleration lane on the right side of the eastbound carriageway to facilitate right turns to the south
    • Installation of improved signage
    • Update of road markings as needed, including solar powered road studs
    • There is an existing No U-turn from the eastbound which will remain
    • Westbound traffic can turn U-turn to the eastbound at this gap.
  • East Pasture End
    • U-turn ban preventing traffic turning from the eastbound carriageway to the westbound carriageway
    • Right-turn ban preventing eastbound traffic turning south
    • Installation of signage to reflect these changes
    • Update of road markings
    • Westbound traffic can turn U-turn to the eastbound at this gap.
  • Mount Pleasant
    • Right-turn ban preventing westbound traffic turning north
    • Installation of signage to reflect these changes
    • Update of road marking as needed, including solar powered road studs
    • Movements from the accesses on the north and south will not be impacted
    • There is an existing No U-turn from the westbound which will remain
    • Eastbound traffic can turn U-turn to the westbound at this gap.
  • Bowes Snow Gates
    • Right-turn ban preventing eastbound traffic turning south
    • Installation of improved signage
    • Update of road markings as needed
    • There is an existing No U-turn from the eastbound which will remain
    • Westbound traffic can turn U-turn to the eastbound at this gap.

 

How are we doing it?

We are still making detailed designs for this work, settling required land purchase and responding to concerns from the public.  However, we expect the scheme to start construction in the next 12 months and anticipate only needing lane closures.

If you wish to discuss the scheme further, please contact Highways England at A66CumbriatoBowesGaps@HighwaysEngland.co.uk

We’re carrying out maintenance work on the M1 between Junctions 38 and 39. This work includes renewing the surface of the existing northbound carriageway and slip road to bring smoother and safer journeys. We’re also waterproofing and renewing bridge joints to make sure they’re protected from the weather.

Resurfacing of the northbound carriageway and slip road

The resurfacing of the northbound carriageway and slip road starts Monday 12 July and is expected to finish on Friday 30 July. We’ll be working overnight from 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday.

Waterproofing and renewing of bridge joints

We are waterproofing and renewing the bridge joints and surfacing on Hollin Lane Bridge and Lord Nelson Bridge. This work starts on Friday 6 August and is expected to finish on Tuesday 14 September.

We will mainly work overnight at weekends from 8pm on Friday to 6am Monday but we’ll also work in the middle of the week overnight too.

This work is weather permitting and cannot be carried out in wet conditions.

Closures, restrictions, and diversions

We need to close parts of the road and divert traffic onto nearby routes. These closures and diversions will be in place during the middle of the week, and weekends.

There will be a signed diversion in place from the M1 Junction 38 through West Bretton re-joining the M1 at Junction 39 during full closures.

Woolley Edge Services, northbound and southbound, will remain accessible via the signed diversion. Please allow extra time for your journey if you plan to visit these services.

You may also notice narrower lanes when you travel along this section of the M1. And some lanes will be closed during our work, with a 50mph speed restriction for safety.

We’re renewing and upgrading the bridge barriers (parapets) and associated safety barriers on the M18 at Langham Viaduct to further improve safety for drivers.

We’ll also be installing CCTV cameras to the existing gantry and installing new cabling to the nearside verge.

There will be full closures overnight between 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday.

The link lanes will also be reduced to one lane during the day at various times as we’ll need to install a temporary barrier to protect the parapet where we’ll be working.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place which have been agreed with the local authority and police.

We need to resurface the southbound lanes between junction 62 (Carrville) and junction 61 (Bowburn).

To do this safely, we need to fully close the southbound carriageway overnight, 8pm to 6am, between junction 63 (Blind Lane) and junction 61 (Bowburn) with clearly signed diversions in place.

While we have the closures in place we will also replace joints, studs (cats eyes) and lining where needed throughout the closed section of motorway.

17 June to 26 June -  area closest to Carrville.

We appreciate that some of our work will cause disturbance for residents so we have planned for all noisy work to be completed by 11pm at the latest. The new surfacing that we are installing will reduce road noise once we have finished work.

19 July to 6 August – surfacing the rest of the affected area using overnight full carriageway closures

There will be no full carriageway closures in the three-week period between the two sets of resurfacing works. However, there will be lane 1 and lane 2 overnight closures under the Whitwell bridges (the three lane section) to allow us to carry out the drainage improvements. We’ll also need to close the inside lane during the day whilst working on the bridges.

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