A1 Leeming to Barton improvement

Works to upgrade the A1 Leeming to Barton by replacing the existing dual carriageway with a new 3 lane motorway.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2013/14
Cost:  £400 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2017/18
Programme:  

Progress report

On Thursday 29 March 2018 we opened the final section of new motorway on the A1 between junction 52 Catterick and Catterick North overbridge. This section of road has now become a three lane motorway and temporary speed restrictions have been lifted. Drivers are now able to benefit from extra capacity and improved road information to help keep traffic flowing smoothly.

Download our scheme brochure to find out more about how this scheme brings local, regional and national benefits.

What's next?

Our focus will now be on completing the works at Scotch Corner interchange and along the local access road. We will also be carrying out minor finishing work, such as landscaping, across the scheme.

Timeline

Date Event
Autumn/Winter 2015 New junction 52 Catterick junction open
Autumn 2015 to November 2017 A6136 Fort Overbridge replacement
Autumn/Winter 2015 to March 2018 Scotch Corner junction improvements
September 2016 Leases Lane to junction 52 Catterick. New off line motorway section open
Autumn 2014 to February 2017 Scotch Corner to Barton A1 mainline improvements
Autumn 2014 to March 2018 Junction 52 to Scotch Corner A1 mainline improvements
September 2017 Junction 51 Leeming to junction 52 Catterick open
February 2018 Catterick North overbridge to junction 56 Barton open
March 2018 Final section of new motorway opens

Why we need this scheme

The 12 mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Barton carries between 59,000 to 69,000 vehicles per day. It has poor alignment with many side road junctions, farms and field accesses.

The accident rate is broadly in line with the national average for older dual carriageways, but the severity ratio is significantly higher. Incidents often lead to full closure of the route with lengthy diversions.

This is the only section of non-motorway on the strategic M1/A1(M) route between London and Newcastle.

The A1 Leeming to Barton upgrade will replace the existing dual carriageway with a new 3 lane motorway. We will provide a new local access road alongside the new motorway, improving safety for local traffic from the surrounding communities.

Access to the motorway will be via a new grade separated junction at Catterick and an improved junction at Scotch Corner.

Aims

Our main aim is to improve safety and to improve journey time reliability between London and major urban centres in the north of England and Scotland.

Cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians

Coast to coast walk: diversion at Agricola Bridge (adjacent to the River Swale). An alternative route is available on the south side of the river Swale using the A6136 and crossing a temporary bridge over the A1.

The closure order and diversion map can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Archaeology

Excavations have led to the unearthing of a major Roman settlement at Scotch Corner that pre-dates settlements in York and Carlisle by 15 years. This tells us that the Romans had a major presence and even possibly began their territorial expansion into northern England more than a decade earlier than previously thought.

The archaeological team of around 60 people have been working along the A1 for three years as part of our scheme. During that time archaeologists have uncovered more than 200,000 prehistoric and Roman artefacts and sieved more than 86 tonnes of sediment samples.

Download our archaeology brochure for more information.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J57 and J58 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 6:02 am
Location : The A66M eastbound between the junctions with the A1M and the A66 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2018 to 06:00 on 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J51 and J50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 November 2018 to 05:30 on 20 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A66 westbound between the A1M and the junction with the A67 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 24 November 2018 to 16:30 on 24 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J51 and J50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2018 to 05:30 on 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J57 and J58 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 24 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A66M westbound between the junctions with the A66 and the A1M . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2018 to 06:00 on 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A66 westbound between the A1M and the junction with the A67 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 November 2018 to 16:30 on 23 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A66M eastbound between the junctions with the A1M and the A66 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 November 2018 to 05:30 on 20 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm

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  • LPHighways_England

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    We ask that this discussion thread is used in the spirit it is intended, and in the unlikely event that a comment is posted that is deemed inappropriate, we reserve the right to remove that comment.

  • Rebecca Grundy

    you should let people know when the roundabout is going to be closed at scotch corner so we can go off at piercebridge because we live in the Dales and it puts an extra 20 mins on our journey ,
    4 times last week it was closed but no mention of a closure .
    please just put a sign before you go off to the roundabout !!

    • CWHighways_England

      Hi Rebecca,

      When advertising closures and signing diversion routes we need to
      balance the needs of the road users as well as the needs of local communities.
      As the roads through Piercebridge are not suitable for the type and volume of
      traffic that would want to use the motorway network we avoid installing any
      signs that would lead motorists to try and use this route. However,
      appreciating the situation you face, we are able to add you to our weekly
      traffic management email bulletin which provides details of the closures for
      the coming week (including those at Scotch Corner Interchange) so that you can
      plan your journeys accordingly.

      If you would like to be added to this please send your email address
      to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk and we
      will include you on this weekly update.

  • A

    Hi, I live in Leeming bar and when I was driving southbound the other night my junction was closed to come off, no prior warning, just a road closed…I then had to go on to the Ripon turn off adding 32 mins to my journey! Can you please inform us before we get to this junction of this closure? I have just rang to see if it will be open tonight, and no one knows yet, so I will have to now call later to find out!

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Afternoon,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. Firstly, I’m sorry that you were inconvenienced by our works. We did have closures of the exit slip road at Junction 51, each evening between 6th February and 10th February. Our closure times were 8pm until 6am and there were signs in place during the days before the closures giving advanced notification of the dates and times of these.

      We do provide a weekly traffic management e-mail to help people plan your journeys and if you would like to receive this please send a request with your email address to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • Sarah

    There is no point in phoning them they always tell you to phone back!!

    • CWHighways_England

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are always available to talk to our customers by phone and I’m sorry if you’ve been told to call back in the past, I’m not sure why this would have been the case. You can contact Highways England 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our Customer Contact Centre. The number is 0300 123 5000. They can assist with any urgent enquiries or direct any routine enquiries onto the A1 Leeming to Barton project team.

      Alternatively, if you wanted to speak to the project team direct you can contact our site team on 01677 932300.

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. Firstly, I’m sorry that you didn’t see any of the advance notices of the closure this weekend. Prior to closing the Catterick Central eastern roundabout and the southbound exit and entry slips we communicated the closure via a number of channels including a letter drop in public places in both Catterick Garrison and Catterick Village such as Tesco and the Co-op store, a national and local press release and email bulletins to all those who subscribe to our weekly update. The closure was also listed on Highways England’s journey planning website http://www.trafficengland.com as well as being picked up by a number of local district and parish councils who helped us spread the message further. In addition to all of this, we also installed hard signage at the roundabout in the days leading up to the closure.

    If there are any communication channels that we haven’t identified that would help us reach more of our customers please feel free to drop us a line and let us know. Additionally, if you would like to receive the weekly traffic management bulletin please send your email address to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Many thanks

  • J.Wright

    As a ex local visiting the church, I found the signage directing me from Catterick village back to the A1 south confusingly POOR.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Morning,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us. I’m sorry to hear that you experienced difficulties with our signage from Catterick to the A1 South. I’ve had a look at this and from the church on Low Green you would follow one road, the A6136 High Street/Leeming Lane, all the way to the A1 south so I’m not clear where on your journey back you are referring to. There is some work currently going on near Catterick Lane/Marne Barracks to reconfigure the layout if this is the area you found to be confusing? If you could confirm this I will ensure that our team reviews the area in question. Please feel free to either respond by this facility or by contacting us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind
      Regards

  • Jeff Atkinson

    When will the new access bridge be open that links Lords Lane on the West to Low Street on the East

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Afternoon Mr Atkinson,

      Thanks for getting us touch with us. Our current proposals are to use that section of local access road as a diversion route for two weekends in March when we demolish Catterick South bridge but it won’t be fully open to the public for a few months yet. We don’t yet have an exact date as there are still a number of things that need to happen, such as safety audits, before we can do this. Sorry that we can’t fully answer your question at this point in time.

      Kind Regards

  • Susan Miller

    Why on earth can’t you update the closure notices. Last night (22 February) coming from Darlington and trying to get home to Swaledale there were 2 signs that said the Scotch Corner exit would be closed on 15/16 February (way out of date), yet nothing which gave notice that it would be closed on that night. Coming home at midnight in the rain it wasn’t at all clear what the diversion was and several cars ended up in the middle of the roadworks totally unsure where to go. It was possible to come off at Scotch Corner but since you couldn’t turn right onto either the A66 or the Richmond Road you simply had to get back on the Al and hope you could get off further south.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Afternoon Susan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are very sorry to hear about your frustrating journey. On the evening of 22nd February, our team were undertaking works on the southern bridge of the Scotch Corner Junction. It would have been possible to leave the A1, as local access is maintained. All other traffic would have been diverted south to Catterick North Junction before returning on the A1.

      We thank you for the comments that you have made relating to the dates on the signs, unfortunately, there are occasions when weather conditions can have an impact on our traffic management signage and we will definitely pass your comments on to our contractors traffic management team.

      We doprovide a weekly traffic management e-mail to help people plan journeys and if you would like to receive this please send a request with our email address to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk
      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Mr Wriglesworth,

    We are really sorry to hear about your frustrating journey and we would like to let you know that we do take the safety of our travelling public very seriously.

    On the evening of the 22nd of February, it would have been possible to leave the A1 as access to the services and local villages was being maintained. Our team were working on the southern bridge on Scotch Corner Junction and our diversion routes would have taken you south to Catterick North Junction, before returning on the northbound A1. From that point, it would have been possible to continue your journey from Scotch Corner to Richmond.

    Unfortunately, there are occasions when weather conditions can have an impact on our traffic management signage and on the position of cones. We do update our date
    boards on a weekly basis and the spacing of the cones is checked when setting out our traffic management.

    We do provide a weekly traffic management e-mail to help people plan journeys and if you would like to receive this please send a request with our email address to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

  • Bryn Roberts

    PLEASE! If you’re going to close Scotch Corner roundabout to Richmond-bound traffic, try posting something on your electronic boards BEFORE the Barton turning! Once again I found myself having to travel back via Brompton on Swale. With sufficient early notice there are alternative routes available, but not when you’re passing through the traffic lights at the top of the southbound slip road. It shows an appalling lack of consideration for local residents (who suffer from being an approved diversion route).

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Roberts,

      Thank you for getting in touch and we would like to apologise for your frustrating journey.

      It is appreciated that there are other local roads available that are open to the public, however, we do not advise of these alternatives as they are unsuitable for the volumes of traffic that would be using the A66. Our approved diversion route does take traffic south on the A1 to Brompton-on-Swale (Catterick North Junction) and then returns, as we are looking to keep disruption to a minimum. Our intention is always to consider the volumes of traffic that may be passing through residential communities. In addition to any signs that are used on the network, we have developed a weekly traffic management bulletin that is issued to a number of our customers, please e-mail a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to the distribution.

      Kind Regards

      • Bryn Roberts

        Thank you for your reply; for clarity I was not asking for local routes to be signposted – merely for the fact that Scotch Corner roundabout was closed to be publicised sufficiently in advance of the Barton junction that I could make my own mind up about a local diversion. I will, however, sign up for your update emails, to ensure I receive advance warning of future closures.

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning,

    As this is an issue relating to Sat Nav we would have to advise you to contact the manufacturer, unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to advise where the Sat Nav company obtains there camera/traffic information from.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon,

    At the present time there are no plans for a third lane being added between Barton and Gateshead. We are currently working under the Road Investment Strategy (RIS) which covers works up to 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy

    A new Road Investment Strategy will be launched in 2020, RIS2, proposals for this are still in the very early stages of being drawn up so nothing is as yet concrete. More information on this is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/road-investment-strategy-post-2020-planning-ahead

    Kind regards

  • Mrs McWattie

    Please could you tell me if you have any planned closures on the a1/scotch corner for Sunday morning 5th March, as we have a 500 mile journey & a ferry to catch we’d like to be able to make appropriate adjustments to our journey times if there is a diversion in place. Thank you.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      We would just like to apologise for not being able to respond to you before your journey on Sunday. This page is only monitored during normal office hours between Monday and Friday. However, journey planning information is available 24/7 from http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind Regards

  • Ian Fraser

    Hi. On the A1 upgrades there is now a significant 6-8 Mile stretch where the works appear to be complete south of Catterick. Will this be opening up prior to completion of the work around scotch corner and catterick. There seems no reason to hold it back and keep the 50mph restrictions.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Morning Mr Fraser,

      Thanks for contacting us. Although the section of the A1 from Leeming to Catterick Central (the new junction) appears to be largely complete there are still works to do including the installation, testing and commissioning of the motorwaycommunications such as emergency telephones and overhead signing before we can open the road as a motorway. We also need to carry out safety audits prior to use as a motorway and these audits can only be done once all the works are completed.

      We will install some signs along this length of road to explain that there are still works ongoing and we are currently looking at when we will be able to open this section.

      Many thanks

  • Pam

    Can you tell me the closure details of the north bound slip road to Barton please.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Pam,

      The Northbound slip road was to be closed on Wednesday 1st March while the reconstruction of the new motorway slip road takes place. It is expected this will take 6 weeks until approximately 14th April.

      During the closure of the slip road, all motorway traffic will be diverted North to A1(M) Junction 57, onto the A66(M), around the Stapleton Roundabout and returning South on the A1. Non-motorway traffic may leave the A1 at Scotch Corner and continue north to Barton Junction using the new local access road, Kneeton Lane and Silver Street.

      For further updates we have a weekly traffic management bulletin, please e-mail a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to the distribution.

      Kind Regards

  • Jonathan Wilkinson

    Will it be possible to get onto the A66 westbound at Scotch Corner this coming Friday evening?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      I can confirm that there are no planned closures at Scotch Corner this Friday so you will be able to get onto the A66 Westbound.

      For further updates on the A1 leeming to Barton Scheme, we have a weekly traffic management bulletin, please e-mail a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to the distribution. Alternatively, all general journey planning information can be found on our website, http://www.trafficengland.com

      Kind Regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Ian,

    Thank you for getting in touch. As part of the upgrading works that are being carried out on the scheme we will be providing new motorway signage and this will include a sign to direct traffic to Piercebridge and Melsonby using the B6275. During the works, some of the signs have been removed and temporary yellow signage is used. Junction numbering will be used on the new signs and Barton Junction will be number 56.

    If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme on email address a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind Regards

  • Chris

    Wondering if the a1 southbound from scotch corner will be closed over night on may the 18th , thanks. Chris

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch, unfortunately planned closures are not available that far in advance. However we do run a weekly traffic management bulletin e-mail which will advise of planned roadworks in the scheme as they are arranged. If you would like to be included on these updates please e-mail a1leemingtonbarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      • Chris

        Cheers

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Susan,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Once we have demolished the old bridge south of Catterick Village, we will be providing a
    link between Leeming Lane and the new Tunstall Bridge. This link will use a short section of the local access road and will provide direct access. Please contact our site team via email a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk and they would be happy to help with any further details you require.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Simpson,

    Thank you for getting in touch. At this time our programme does show a full closure between Leeming Junction and Scotch Corner on Friday 31st March. Diversions for strategic through traffic will be in place via the A168, A19 and A689 to Sedgefield.

    We do have a weekly traffic management e-mail which will keep you informed of any planned closures which do arise, if you would like to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind Regards

  • Klaus Fuchs

    Are you able to provide any dates for when motorway restrictions will apply to this section?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Klaus,

      Thanks for getting in touch. One of our current focal points on the scheme is the creation of a local access road that provides routes suitable for non-motorway traffic. It is only when our works on the local access road are complete that we will be able to apply motorway restrictions on this section of the A1. Our dates for implementing these restrictions are subject to progress.

      If you require any further information regarding our scheme progress, please contact us on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Regards

  • John Bunting

    I will be travelling from Penrith on the A66 this Friday 17th March arriving at Scotch Corner at approx. 11.30am, will I be able to get onto the A1M Southbound?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Bunting,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We have no planned closures at that time so you will be able to get onto the A1M Southbound travelling from the A66.

      We do have a weekly traffic management e-mail which will keep you informed of any planned closures which do arise, if you would like to receive this please send
      an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind Regards

  • Graham Hutchinson

    I have been travelling this section of the A1 every day (Barton to Leeming) for over three years and have witnessed the hard work and progress of the Contractors on a daily basis. It does appear that the majority of the 13 mile improvement works is completed, yet restrictions still apply, are you able to advise when the 50mph restrictions will be lifted
    Kind Regards
    Graham

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Mr Hutchinson,

      Thank you for getting in touch and for your acknowledgement of the hard work taking place on the scheme. The works are progressing towards completion and one of the
      pivotal jobs at this time is the creation of a local access road that will provides routes suitable for the non-motorway traffic.

      There are also additional works such as the installation and testing of communication systems and overhead gantries before the road can be opened as a motorway. Safety audits do also need to be carried out and these can only be done once all works are finished.

      Once these works are concluded we will be able to apply standard motorway restrictions on this section of the A1, the dates for this are still subject to progress.

      If you need any more information regarding scheme progress please e-mail a1leemingtonbarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning Mr Crawford,

    Please could you give more details of your route to work for us to provide an appropriate response?

    We do provide a weekly e-mail update of upcoming closure dates and roadwork’s, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning Mr Crawford,

    The diversions in place for the demolition of the old bridge are scheduled to take place over two consecutive weekends:
    Friday 17th March 8pm until Monday 20th March 6am
    Friday 24th March 8pm until Monday 27 March 6am

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Sandra,

    Thank you for your query. The Catterick South Bridge was subjected to overnight closures during the weekend to allow for the preparation of a link from Leeming Lane to the new Tunstall Bridge. A similar closure will be required this weekend, as we will be undertaking the demolition works. Our works are being undertaken over two weekends, to ensure that there is less disruption to the public.

    We do send out a weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Please be aware that the our scheme inbox and this DISQUS message board are only monitored during office hours Monday to Friday. Journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind regards

    • Sandra Hodgetts

      Our journeys over the weekend were not at night, they were during the day.

      Is there a map available to view so that I can see the intended completed local access routes please?

      • CWHighways_England

        I apologise for the incorrect information, the closures were Friday from 8pm until Monday at 6am.

        We will ensure that a map is e-mailed across to you.

        Kind regards

  • Andy Sharp

    Could you please tell me why the junction of low lane and the new service road remains closed even though traffic is now using the service road from Leaming Bar to Marne Barracks at Catterick village.
    This closure has added some 15-20 minutes to my daily commute for the last 2 years.
    Andrew Sharp

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Andrew,

      Firstly, we would like to apologise for any disruption that you may have experienced during our works on the A1. We have been working hard to keep this to a minimum but closing side roads, and construction of new sections of road does take some time. We are grateful for all the support that has been shown by the local communities to date.

      Currently, we are between two consecutive weekends of work to demolish the existing Catterick South Bridge adjacent to Marne Barracks. As this affects the connection between Catterick, the A1 and places such as Hackforth and Tunstall, we have used the local access road as a diversion route.

      The local access road has remained open between these two weekends and will then close, to allow us to complete all our outstanding works and undertake a full snagging process. Only when all our works are complete, will we be able to open the junction to and from Low Street and allow all traffic to use the local access
      road.

      We would like to thank you for being patient with us during the construction period. If you do have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will help where possible.

      Kind Regards

  • Gaz Wright

    The new road from Leeming services to Marne barrack is set at 30mph when it seems completed and the past few days I’ve gone up and down it there has been no workforce. It also marked as an average speed when there is no cameras. It’s an accident waiting to happen. 2 artic lorries overtook me on it today. This is a fairly long road and quiet frustrating when you have to drive it 4 times a day. Can the average speed signs be removed as it’s causing confusion and at least put up to 50mph???

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon,

      Currently, the new local access road is being used as a diversion route for local traffic until our works to demolish Catterick South Bridge are fully completed. It should be noted, however, that whilst the new local access road is safe to use as a diversion route it has not been formally opened to the public. The local access road will then close again for a period of time to allow us to complete outstanding works before reopening to the public.

      As there are a number of outstanding works, including permanent surfacing and landscaping, we are operating under temporary speed limits. It will only be when we have completed all our works that we will be able to remove all temporary traffic management and any restrictions. It should be noted that there may be mobile speed cameras in operation through all temporary areas of our site.

      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Cat,

    We have no closures of the mainline of the A1 planned for these dates but there are local closures required around Catterick Village. These local closures will begin on Friday 24th at 8pm and continue until Monday the 27th March at 6am, this is due to the scheduled demolition of Catterick South Bridge.

    We do send out a weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk
    and we can send you a copy of the planned diversions.

    Journey planning information is also available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind regards

  • ian witty

    How do you get from catterick garrison to catterick village now?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      Currently, we are using the local access road and the A1 as a temporary diversion. It is however, possible to drive south on the A1 and leave at the temporary junction adjacent to the new Tunstall Bridge. It is then possible to continue to the western end of Leeming Lane.

      Please be aware that this page is only monitored during office hours Monday to Friday. Journey planning information is also available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind regards

  • Carla

    I will be travelling south on the A1 from Durham to Leeming Bar late tonight, between 10-12pm. Will there be any night closures I need to be aware of before I travel this journey? Thanks

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Carla,

      We do have an overnight closure from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning. Diversions are in place via the A689, A19 and A168.

      A weekly newsletter is sent out detailing upcoming closures and roadworks, if you would like to be added to the distribution list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

  • John

    Hi a1 looks great are they any planned road closures for the 26th may as be travelling to scotland on the Saturday 27th and want to leave at scotch corner A66 around 6 oclock for my breakfast bap be there abouts many thanks john

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning John,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We don’t currently have details available for closures that far in advance, we can add you to our weekly e-mail update which will provide
      you with details of planned closures as they are available, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Alternatively, journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning,

    Over the past two weekends, our team have been undertaking demolition works around the old Catterick South Bridge. It has not been safe to allow traffic to pass through this area due to the close proximity to site activities. Our signed diversion route has taken traffic south on the A1 to Leeming Junction, before returning on the local access road.

    We would apologise for any disruption caused but we can confirm that these works are now complete.

    Kind regards

  • Pam

    What are the road closures between scotch corner A1 and Leeming 31st March to 7th
    April

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Pam,

      For confirmation, the scheme has overnight closures planned from 8pm until 6am on the evenings of 3rd April to 7th April 2017.

      Kind Regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning Joanne,

    Thank you for getting in touch. During the demolition works, we had agreed to use the local access road as a diversion route. It has now closed to allow us to complete all outstanding surfacing works, verges and field accesses. Only when all these works are complete, will we be able to open to traffic.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Audrey,

    Our team are working to make sure that the A6108 Richmond Road is maintained as a route between Scotch Corner and Richmond. Managing live traffic through this area, as well as the requirement for access to businesses means that a longer phase is needed for construction. Some complex phasing of works is required to allow us to maintain access and it is expected that works will be completed in this area towards the end of the project.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Karen,

    We are sorry to hear of the stress that has been caused, our teams do make sure that appropriate signage is placed out on the approaches to the A1. We have also developed a traffic management cascade advising of the dates of our closures. Please email a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to our traffic updates.
    Kind regards

  • Peter

    Hi,

    On the Highways England page above it says the A6136 Fort Bridge was going to be closed for replacement from Autumn 2015 to winter 2016/2017. Well, it’s now Spring 2017 and Fort Bridge is still closed. Have you a date when it will reopen please? Why has it been delayed?

    Also, when is the local access road between Catterick North Overbridge and the Travelodge/Little Chef going to open?

    Many thanks

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. When we demolished Fort Bridge we envisaged that it would take around 18 months to widen the motorway underneath and rebuild the
      new bridge including moving the services from the temporary bridge. This was already a complex area of work and we encountered some further difficulties as we have encountered more archaeology than was anticipated which has put pressure on the programme in this area. We are currently reviewing the remaining works that need to be completed and apologise that we are not yet able to give you a specific date when this link will reopen.

      Works to the local access road between Catterick North and Scotch Corner Interchange should be completed by the end of May however there are still works on Catterick North bridge which will need to be completed before the route can be opened. I’m sorry that we aren’t able to give definite dates at this stage.
      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Emsen,

    There were issues with our website update which was published on Friday and I apologise if this inconvenienced you, this has now been corrected. The Archaeology section was updated to give details of an exhibition at Bedale museum which has just opened and will run until September. We also took the opportunity to update the Progress section now that Catterick South overbridge has been demolished and the link road to the new bridge installed.

    With regards to Fort Bridge, when the bridge was taken down in November 2015 we advised that it would take us around 18 months to widen the motorway underneath and rebuild the new bridge including moving the services (water, electric etc.) back from the temporary bridge. This was always a complex part of the scheme and we had some further difficulties as we have encountered more archaeology than was anticipated which has put pressure on the programme in this area. We are currently reviewing the remaining works that need to be completed and apologise that we are not yet able to give you a specific date when this link will reopen.

    I appreciate the point you raise around completing the local access road before the A1. However, much of the local access road uses the old A1 carriageway
    which meant that we needed to build the new A1 first so that we could move traffic onto this to open up the old A1 for us to work on. This meant that some of the local access road construction could not start until the later stages of the project.

    Our team do continually review the traffic management that is required to safely complete the scheme whilst maintaining the safety of road users and look to remove any surplus traffic management that is no longer required. Many of the diversion routes we use are needed on repeated occasions and that does mean that our signs need to remain on the network. However, fi there any areas that you feel require particular attention please let us know and I will ask our team to review the area.

    Kind regards

  • Rodger Bramham

    I travelled north late last night and was appalled and frustrated by the pathetic signage showing the A1 diversion route.
    Many times I was at a loss to know if I was heading in the right direction due to lack of signage. The end result of all the cross country meandering was I was unable to pick up my son from Newcastle airport.
    The very infrequent signs showed a triangle with either a square, circle or cross in them. What does that mean? In one area all three symbols were displayed within a hundred yards of each other!
    Why not sign the obvious….’ A1 north diversion’
    An absolute shambles.
    Never, ever been on such a badly signed diversion
    Please sort it out

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Bramham,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      We are sorry to hear about the frustrating journey that you have had when travelling north on the A1.

      At Junction 49 of the A1, we have signs to direct traffic on to the diversion for “A1 North” and then on to our diversion routes that uses the A168 / A19 and A689. Our signs are repeated at agreed points on the diversion route.

      When we close the A1, however, we do need to maintain local access to places such as Leeming and Bedale. We use symbols on our signs to distinguish between the diversion route for through traffic and the routes for local destinations.

      If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our site team on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      • Sandra Foster

        I’m sorry but I completely agree with Mr Bramham, I have just spent 3 and a half hours travelling a journey that takes 1 hour and 40 mins between Leeds and Appleby. The diversion signs were absolutely APPAULING for someone not familiar with the environment and as a new ish driver felt highly aggrieved by the standard of signage, and also the fact you say there are no closures of the A1 this weekend 7th April in your above messages when tonight it was clearly closed for what is a massive section. I understand that improvements need to take place but your signage is substandard (also agree – I was trying to follow squares, diamonds, crosses and was vvvvvv confusing).

        • CW2Highways_England

          Morning Sandra, Thanks for your feedback. The use of symbols on diversion signing is the national standard for signing diversions and is detailed in the Highway Code. I will however ask our team to review the signing to ensure that it is all in place as it should be. Were there any particular parts of the route that you found to be difficult? With regards to the closure on the 7th, I can only apologise that when asked about ‘weekend’ closures we presumed that this referred to Saturday and Sunday. We will clarify this in future if asked again.

        • Alan Graham

          Have to agree. Despite what Highways say, the signage throughout this delayed project has been poor from the start and not up to the standard when the Ripon section was done properly 7 years ago. The contractors must take the blame for this.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Green,

    Thank you for contacting us about Fort Bridge.

    The bridge was originally taken down in November 2015 and we advised that it would take us around 18 months to widen the motorway underneath and rebuild the new bridge including moving the services (water, electric etc.) back from the temporary bridge. This was a complex part of the scheme and we had some further complications as we have discovered more archaeology than was originally predicted which has put pressure on the programme in this area.

    We are currently reviewing the remaining works that need to be completed and apologise that we are not yet able to give you a specific date when this link will reopen.

    If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

  • Sandra and Colin

    We want you to know exactly what you are doing to us. We own a Guest House in Richmond and ourselves and our guests are having to endure the nightly onslaught of ridiculously huge, heavy lorries rumbling past all night long. We have spent the last eleven years creating a high quality experience for our guests and could now all be ruined because of the constant disturbance from the diverted traffic.
    We are getting thirty to forty lorries every hour all night – well over 240 lorries a night -along with a constant stream of cars and vans on what is normally a virtually silent road overnight. We have to put up with noise of the lorries breaking as they come down the hill ,and straining to get up the hill. We have to endure the noise of the refrigeration units and the vibration through the house. These roads are not designed for lorries of this size. They can barely get round the bend by our property.
    These are residential streets. How can this volume of traffic be considered acceptable?
    The grass verge is rutted by tyres and already tonight we have seen cars having to go up on the pavement to avoid the lorries, and lorries crossing right over onto the other side of the road to get round the bend.
    We are suffering total stress because of these diversions. We have to work incredibly long hours and apart from the tiredness of being kept awake all night by the noise we are living in fear of our business being ruined by online reviews left by guests who have had their experience ruined. Bad reviews will stay with us forever and affect our standing on online booking sites way after these roadworks have finished. We cannot understand why all lanes have to be closed for such long periods. Why can’t some lanes be kept open or a contraflow be set up?
    We do not want the stock answer of how sorry you are for the inconvenience. We want to see some action to give some consideration to everyone who has to endure this ridiculous nightly onslaught. Just imagine how you would feel if you went away on holiday and every night was ruined by articulated lorry after articulated lorry all night. There must be other ways of dealing with this volume of traffic. Perhaps someone should be here in Richmond to see exactly what we are being put through.

    • CWHighways_England

      We are sorry to hear about the frustrations you are experiencing with heavy traffic passing your B&B at night . Please be assured that we do not divert traffic from the A1 through Richmond. However, we understand that opportune motorists do seek to find alternative routes that are often shorter and more direct than our diversion route which needs to be suitable for all traffic. We also need to sign a diversion route for local traffic travelling between adjacent communities and this adds some conspicuousness to the route through Richmond that cannot be avoided.

      We do work closely with colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council in an effort to reduce disruption to neighbouring communities when the A1 is closed overnight. We also work closely with North Yorkshire Police who attend a regular meeting at our site offices to discuss traffic management and any issues that arise. We have also written to hauliers and to the Freight Transport Association (a professional body for drivers) highlighting the disturbance to local communities caused and to ask for their co-operation in ensuring that HGV drivers stay on the signed diversion route provided by us rather than rat-running through adjacent towns and villages.

      We still have outstanding works and testing to complete the new motorway communications systems (which includes the overhead signing and emergency telephone systems) between Leeming & Barton and until these works are complete, it will not be safe for us to open these new sections of motorway. Therefore, whilst they may appear to be fully operational lanes, they are not yet complete. Once we have completed all our works and it is safe to do so, we will remove the temporary speed limits and any surplus traffic management.

      Also, our lane closures ensure that there is a safe access and working area for the workforce to carry out the commissioning and testing in these areas.

      On completion of the project the new local access road that we building as part our scheme will act as the diversion route when there are planned or emergency
      works on the motorway in the future. This will provide a more direct alternative route removing the need for motorists to seek to cut through Richmond.

      I hope that our response assures you that we take situations like this very seriously however, if you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards

  • Andrew

    Are there any planned road closures this weekend between Scotch Corner and Leeming, cannot see anything on this page, so hope not
    Regards

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Andrew,

      Thank you for getting in touch. There are no closures planned this weekend between Scotch Corner and Leeming.

      If you would like to be included on our weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

  • Simon March

    Hi! Was travelling southbound on the A1 from Newcastle to Nottingham a couple of weeks ago and encountered a night closure at Scotch Corner. This Saturday I will be making the same journey. Are there any planned night closures for 08/04/17 along the A1 southbound. To be honest the signage wasn’t great for someone not from the area.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Good morning Simon,
      The closure last week should have just taken you up and over Scotch Corner interchange and immediately back onto the A1.
      There no planned closures this weekend.
      Kind Regards

      • Simon March

        Thanks for the response. I remember leaving the A1 and then immediately rejoining however, not much further into my journey the road was closed again. I must have gotten two sets of roadworks confused

  • Di Melbourne

    Are there any northbound closures this weekend on the A1 Thanks & best wishes

    • CW2Highways_England

      Good morning Di,

      Thank you for getting in touch. There are no closures planned this weekend on the A1.

      If you would like to be included on our weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      • Sandra Foster

        A1 clearly shut this evening between junction 49 onwards.

        • CW2Highways_England

          Morning Sandra,
          As we noted below, when asked about ‘weekend’ closures we presumed that this referred to Saturday and Sunday when there were no closures. I can only apologise if you were inconvenienced by the works on Friday. We will ensure we clarify this in future.

  • Di Melbourne

    Hi are there any northbound closures tonight on the A1 thanks

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Rob,
    Unfortunately, the road you refer to (A167) is under the control of North Yorkshire County Council. We did discuss, amongst other measures, the possibility of temporary HGV restrictions with them but this was not supported due to a need for HGV access to Northallerton. As this road is not under the control of Highways England we are unable to install measures such as these without the support of the Local Highway Authority.
    I know that you have been in regular contact with our Public Liaison Officer and I am sorry that we have not been able to assist you further. if you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact us on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Lindsay,

    There is a closure between junction 56 Barton and Scotch Corner with a partial closure of Scotch Corner roundabout but nothing south of Scotch Corner on the mainline. This page is not monitored 24/7 and so for future journey planning information please visit http://www.trafficengland.co.uk where the latest information can be found.

    All of our diversion signs are installed to national standards and are regularly checked to ensure the signs remain in place and give the correct information. However, if you feel there are areas that require attention please let me know and I will ask our team to review this.

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Martin,

    We apologise for not being able to respond to this sooner. Unfortunately, this page is not monitored 24/7. If you require journey planning advice the latest information can be found at http://www.trafficengland.co.uk.

  • CW2Highways_England

    Afternoon Rob,

    We made an announcement on Friday that the project would now be completed at the end of this year. We didn’t announce a delay of 6 months or that scheme would continue into 2018. The announcement was made via the media and issued to MPs as well as local Councillors. We are also currently updating this website to reflect the change. The delays are as a result of both archaeological finds discovered along the route which will prove historically significant for future generations and power cables and utilities in the area. These combined factors mean that the scheme will now be completed by the end of the year. However, we do expect to open the southern section of the scheme, between Leeming and Catterick Central, in late summer which both releases the benefit to the road user and reduces the length of the remaining roadworks.

  • Bob Wright

    Why was there / is there no active notification of A 1 ( or A 1M) closure at the approach to the M66 roundabout, west of Darlington ( the actual start of the M66 ) ? It is always a total inconvenience leaving Darlington to head south, usually in the late evening, via the M66, only to find the road works have closed the A1 / A1M at Barton or Scotch corner and a diversion is in place taking me back past my starting point. By closing the M66 and diverting traffic back onto the A 66 round Darlington would be a far more useful to all affected
    Regards
    Bob

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Bob,

      When we close the A1 we place signage prior to the A66(M), at Blackwell roundabout, advising of the closure of the A1. These are black on yellow signs that advise that the A1 closed. This allows motorists to take an alternative route before entering the A66(M). We don’t actively sign the A66 through Darlington as diversion route as it doesn’t form part of our approved route. Approved diversion routes need to be suitable to accommodate the volume and type of traffic expected to the motorway network and unfortunately these routes can often be longer than alternative local routes because of these considerations. I’ve just spoken with our traffic management team to confirm that these signs are still installed. Did you see any of these? There should be one on each approach.

  • Bob Wright

    Has / does any of your team liaise with management at Croft Racing circuit about your works on the A1 /A1M? there are several big and many small meetings at the circuit during the year and your input to the circuit would, I’m sure assist the circuit management advise their customers ( competitors, General Public and race officials ) of the closures / diversions in place. Many of those attending Croft do so by travelling to the circuit after 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and heading ‘home’ after 7pm on those same days

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Bob,

      Yes, we do liaise with the Circuit Manager at Croft Circuit and we send them our weekly plans for traffic management.

  • Peter Creek

    How long do you anticipate it will be before Fort Bridge is opened to traffic. Could it be opened sooner with single file traffic controlled by lights?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Mr Creek,

      Thank you for contacting the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

      The bridge has been one of the most vital areas of the scheme and we originally anticipated it would take 18 months to complete. Our team here is very much aware of the importance and connectivity that the bridge provides.
      After the demolition of the bridge, we discovered more archaeology than was expected leading to a renewed focus on this by the archaeological teams. The current timeline is for the bridge to be completed in the back end of the year but we aim to finish works as soon as possible due to the significance of this route.

      Due to the volume and type of works that are being carried out, we would not be able to safely install a single file traffic light controlled crossing.

      If you have any further queries please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ben

    When will catterick bridge reopen?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Ben,

      Thank you for contacting the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

      Our team are aware of the local importance and connectivity that is provided by Fort Bridge (adjacent to the racecourse). This bridge has been one of the most complex areas of the scheme and our initial expectation was that an 18 month period would be required to allow for completion.

      Since the bridge was demolished, we have encountered more archaeology than was originally anticipated. The unexpected archaeology has increased the pressure on the programme in this area. Our current expectation is that the bridge will be completed towards the end of the year but we are aware of the significance of this route,
      and we will aim to complete works as early as possible.

      If you have any further queries please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Mr Hanmer,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us.

    On Friday the 21st April we do not have any closures on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme that would affect your journey on the A66 towards Penrith. Our team have planned an overnight closure of the northbound slip road onto the A1 and associated lane closures, however, this would not affect your route.

    We do provide a weekly traffic update e-mail which contains a map showing all planned closures on the scheme for the upcoming week, if you would like to receive this
    please send an e-mail to A1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    Our team are proactively looking to reduce the number of overnight closures that are required on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. Many of our operations cannot be completed whilst there is traffic still on the A1 and diversions are used for both the safety of the public and our own workforce.

    The diversion routes that we use have been implemented following consultation with strategic stakeholders, including local highways authorities and traffic police. We use the A168, A19 and the A689 for through traffic as this route avoids any impact on local communities and also keeps traffic on similar standard roads.

    Whilst we are unable to prevent traffic using other public roads, suitable diversion routes have been provided that also keep journey times to a minimum. We would always encourage all motorists to follow the signed diversion route as we know that these routes are suitable for use and reduce disruption to local communities however, any drivers using other local routes do so at their own discretion and would be accountable for their own safety, as well as that of other members of the public.

    Our remaining works on the local access road between Leeming and Catterick Village include final surfacing, sign installation and verge works. We will only open this local access road, when it has been completed and an independent road safety audit has been carried out.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Alan Huddart

    As a weekly user of the A1 from Junction 50 to Scotch Corner, it seems that the section from Leeming Bar Services to Junction 52 is now complete. If this is the case, why can’t it be open for use, or at least have the speed limit raised to 60mph and all 3 lanes used?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Alan,

      Thank you for contacting the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

      We still have outstanding works and testing to complete the new motorway communications systems (which includes the overhead signing and emergency telephone systems) between Leeming & Barton and until these works are complete, it will not be safe for us to open these new sections of motorway. Therefore, whilst they may appear to be fully operational lanes, they are not yet complete. Once we have completed all our works and it is safe to do so, we will remove the temporary speed limits and any surplus traffic management.

      Also, our lane closures ensure that there is a safe access and working area for the workforce to carry out the commissioning and testing in these areas.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Paul,

    Thanks for getting in touch with the scheme.

    The Junction 56 Northbound Exit Slip is currently closed for reconstruction works. Our current programme shows that this will reopen again in mid-May.

    During this closure all traffic can leave at Scotch Corner and use the new local access road that continues to the north of Scotch Corner towards Silver Street, Barton. An alternative is also available by continuing north to A1(M) Junction 57, onto the A66(M), around the Stapleton Roundabout and returning south on the A1.

    We do provide a weekly traffic update e-mail which contains a map showing all planned closures on the scheme for the upcoming week, if you would like to receive a
    copy please send an e-mail to A1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Elizabeth

    We are sorry to hear of the frustrating journey that you had when travelling back from Sedgefield Races.

    Our scheme does require a closure of the A1 between Scotch Corner and Leeming as many of our activities cannot be completed with traffic on the A1. We implement these closures for the safety of drivers and also our workforce.

    The diversion routes that we use for southbound traffic leave the A1 at Junction 60 and then continue on the A689 and A19 / A168 towards Dishforth, Junction 49 of
    the A1. Dates and times of these closures are advised through portable message signs and hard signs.

    As there will be some traffic approaching Junction 60 of the A1, using the A689 there are also hard signs on approaches to the junction. Our signs then
    direct traffic around the junction and then back on to the A689, past Sedgefield and towards the A19. All our signs form part of the checks that are undertaken by our traffic management teams.

    We would once again apologise for any frustration that you have experienced when travelling from Sedgefield.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Dennis Ineson

    Are they any evening closures tomorrow please (25th April 2017) interested in southbound from scotch corner to A684 Leeming bar junction.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes we are closed between Scotch Corner and Leeming tonight from 8pm until 6am the following morning. However, the diversion route starts at junction 60 of the A1 where you will be asked to follow the A19 southbound instead. I will email you this weeks traffic management bulletin. If you would like further information please email us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind Regards

  • Geoffrey McCarthy

    Hi there,

    The works still seem very intense and I believe previous signage did indicate a finish of Spring 2017. Would it be possible to give an updated rough completion date? The information above indicates by the end of year.

    Yours gratefully in advance,

    Mr. Geoff McCarthy

    • CW2Highways_England

      Afternoon Mr McCarthy,

      Thank you for contacting us. Our signage does still indicate Spring 2017 but as you may have seen in recent press we have experienced some delays as a result of unforeseen archaeology and utility works which has impacted our programme. We have updated our website and we have asked our Contractor to update the signs which should happen imminently. We now expect that the section from Leeming to Catterick Central will be complete by the end of the summer. The remaining section from Catterick Central to Barton will be completed by the end of the year.

      If you require any further information please feel free to contact us.

      Kind Regards

  • Douglas Wentworth

    Dear A1 Leeming to Barton Team, I share the same frustration as Mr Huddart and the same frustration regarding the southbound carriageway from just below Catterick to Leeming Bar. I am sure you have a sophisticated project management system so are you able to indicate when the two sections I refer to will be open?
    Is there an independent supervisor who reviews the performance of the Team.
    Regards
    Doug Wentworth

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Mr Wentworth,

      At this stage, we are working hard to open the section between Leeming and Catterick Central by the end of the summer. I’m unable to give you an exact date at this stage. Whilst we do have a large programme that details every activity on the site these activities can all be impacted by unforeseen delays, as we explained in the reply to Mr Huddart. We will then look to complete the remaining section between Barton and Catterick Central by the end of 2017.

      If you require any further information please feel free to contact our team via a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      With kind regards

      • Douglas Wentworth

        Hello

        Thank you for your reply.

        It’s so disappointing that as a country we are make huge investments and then the investment lays unused. There has been little or no visible activity in the area south of Catterick Central for months. Do you have an answer to my question about independent supervision please?

        Regards

        Doug Wentworth

        • CW2Highways_England

          Dear Mr Wentworth,

          Firstly, I am sorry that we did not fully address all of your queries following your contact with us.

          On this project, both Atkins and Faithful+Gould have been appointed as independent supervisors who represent the interests of Highways England. Competent engineering and commercial management staff are employed by both companies and work as part of a collaborative project team with an on-site presence.

          Highways England also carry health checks for each of their schemes. During the construction period these happen every 12 months, the last was undertaken in December 2016. These are undertaken by senior officers of Highways England who are independent of the project team.

          All publicly funded projects, such as ones undertaken by Highways England projects are also subject to independent reviews which are undertaken by external reviewers and these happen at key investment points in the project lifecycle such as prior to starting construction work.

          If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Lucy,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    Over the weekend Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April we do not have any closures of the A1 itself, though there will be lane restrictions around the Scotch Corner Junction and also the northbound exit slip road at Junction 56 (Barton) is currently closed for reconstruction works. A signed diversion route is in place for this closure of the Barton slip road, which uses the new local access road, running parallel with the A1 towards Kneeton Lane / Silver Street, Barton.

    Journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Dear Mr Bounds,

    I’m sorry to hear that you had a frustrating journey. We have recently made a lot of changes to the road layout in this area including the demolition of the old bridge over the A1. So that we can try and understand what went wrong it would be helpful to know what date you travelled? We did have some long weekend closures whilst we undertook this demolition and it might be that you travelled on one of these weekends.

    If you can recall the date and would like us to look into it further please feel free to contact us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Many thanks

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Chris, thank you for your enquiry.

    On Saturday 29th April, it will be possible to drive directly between Bedale and Catterick.

    Whilst we are undertaking works on sections of the local access road, it is possible to cross the A1 using the new Tunstall Bridge. Once you have crossed the
    bridge, this will then bring you on to a short section of the local access road that is being used to provide a connection into the village.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning, thank you for getting in touch.

    Currently, our focus on the local access road is to complete all outstanding works, particularly in the areas just to the south of Marne Barracks. It will
    then be necessary to ensure all remedial works are complete and independent safety audits are carried out, prior to handing the road over to the local
    highway authority and opening to the public.

    Our aim is to complete this process, allowing for traffic to use this section of the local access road during late Spring / early Summer.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Peter

    Hi,

    In recent postings you have stated that you hope to open the new mainline between Leeming Bar (J51) and Catterick Central (J52) by late summer. Will this timeframe include removing the northbound lane drop at Leeming Bar (J51) as well?

    Also, When do you propose to open the ‘old A1’ as Local Access Road between Catterick South and Catterick Central?

    I also have some foreign friends travelling up the A1 from London who are staying at the Travelodge on the former A1 at Skeeby next month, arriving late evening. If it coincides with a full closure of the A1, how do you recommend they travel from say A1 Dishforth (J49) to the Travelodge at Skeeby?

    Thank you

    Peter

    • CW2Highways_England

      Dear Peter,

      We would like to thank you for your query, relating to the works on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

      We can confirm that in the permanent scheme, the A1(M) will continue to reduce to two lanes between the exit and entry slip roads at Junction 51 (Leeming). There will only be a three lane arrangement following the point at which the northbound entry slip road has joined the A1(M). A decision was taken when assessing the affordability and value for money of the scheme to remove the lane drop when that area of carriageway needed resurfacing in future years rather than disturbing long lengths of carriageway that still have a residual life.

      Our intentions are to open the local access road during the summer, once all our works are complete and safety audits have been carried out.

      To access the Travelodge at Skeeby your friends would need to follow the diversion at junction 49 via the A19 to junction 60 of the A1 before returning south to Scotch Corner. However, if you would like to email us nearer to the time when you know a date of travel of we can confirm what closures we have on that would affect the journey. You can contact us via a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind Regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    I can confirm the the advice we gave to Lucy is correct.

    Over the weekend Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April we do not have any closures of the A1 itself, though there will be lane restrictions around the Scotch Corner Junction and also the northbound exit slip road at Junction 56 (Barton) is currently closed for reconstruction works. A signed diversion route is in place for this closure of the Barton slip road, which uses the new local access road, running parallel with the A1 towards Kneeton Lane / Silver Street, Barton.

    If you have any further queries please can you direct them to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Pigeon peter

      Thankyou for your Reply , peter

      Sent from Samsung tablet.

      ——– Original message ——–

  • CW2Highways_England

    Hi everybody,
    Just a reminder that this page isn’t monitored 24/7 so if you need journey planning information i.e. when there are closures of the A1, you can find this information at http://www.trafficengland.com . There is a link through to Traffic England at the top of this page and we also include any relevant closures just above this comments section in a box called ‘Planned Roadworks’. Any requests on this page might not be picked up prior to your journey.
    We also receive lots of the same question and publish all the answers below so it might be quicker to review the questions we’ve already answered before submitting a new one and waiting for a response.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Joanne,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    We do appreciate the traffic issues in the village and the local access road is a high priority, we are working hard to complete the section from Leeming to
    Catterick Central by the end of the summer.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Lorna

    If I am travelling up the a1 to scotch corner travelodge on 5th May arriving after 8pm will i be affected by the road closures? Also I need to leave early in the morning the following day 4:30/5:00am to continue travelling north to Newcastle, will this be possible? Thank you

    • CW2Highways_England

      Morning Lorna,

      There may be a northbound closure prior to Scotch Corner at junction 52 Catterick, it’s currently unconfirmed. I’m seeking confirmation now and will try and update this for you. However, even if it does go ahead it only affects the A1 under the junction so the diversion route is simply to come off via the off-slip before immediately joining again using the on-slip of the same junction. Effectively, just going up and over the junction.

      On Saturday morning, continuing north of Scotch Corner there is a southbound closure of the A1 but your journey north is unaffected.

      Hope this helps but if you need any more information please feel free to contact us.

      Kind Regards

  • Andy

    Hi,

    Driving up north to Durham from Manchester Saturday afternoon, coming back early Saturday morning. Could you let me know what the road closures are in both directions for these days please?

    Cheers in advance

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Andy,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that there are no daytime planned closures that would affect your route. Please could you confirm your planned times of travel just to be sure?

      Also if you would like to be included on our weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • tp

    There is one consistent repeating comment on this site about the very poor signage that you insist is there but never is.

    You always answer that things are signed,

    but if it was you wouldn’t get all these complaints,

    We complain here and do not get a decent answer….

    YOU NEED TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT THE SIGNAGE IT IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTINGLY POOR AND MOSTLY NOT EVEN THERE !!!

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Tony,

      We would firstly like to thank you for your comments and for making your frustrations known to us.

      On a scheme of the size and scale of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, we often get complaints relating to missing signage. As part of our team, however, we have an experienced and competent traffic management team. A major part of their role is the planning and coordination of diversion routes following consultation with Highways England’s area maintenance team, the local highways authorities and emergency services. A diversion route can only be implemented once this process has been undertaken, and this includes the submission of route drawings together with planned locations for appropriate signage.

      Any signage that is placed out onto the network, should be in accordance with current traffic management guidance. It should be in accordance with the submitted drawings and regular reviews are undertaken. Some of the diversion routes are implemented on an overnight basis, for shorter periods of time, and Highways England rely on confirmation from our contractors that the signs are correctly placed. Other diversion routes are in place for longer periods of time, and inspections and audits can more easily be carried out.

      Our contractors do undertake regular inspections of the A1 (and we’ve asked for a further inspection as a result of your comments) and if there are any missing signs, these can easily be updated. If you have any queries or comments relating to specific diversion routes, we would be happy to review these with our contractors.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Chris

    Hi will be coming from a66 heading for scotch corner on Thursday 18th may between 8 – 9 pm will I be able to get onto the a1 soutbound carriageway from the scotch corner roundabout , cheers
    Chris

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Chris,

      Thanks you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that on the evening of Thursday the 18th May there will no closures in place that would affect your journey.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

      • Chris

        Ok thank you

  • Michael Truman

    On Friday 19th May, if travelling North on the A1 will be allowed off at the Barton Interchange to travel to Piercebridge?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Truman,

      We can confirm that Junction 56 (Barton) will be opening overnight on the 20th May.

      All traffic on the 19th will need to follow signed diversion routes using the local access road, running to the north of Scotch Corner.

      We appreciate your patience during this essential motorway upgrade.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Darrell

    Hello,
    I use this section of A1/A1(M) regularly between J59 & J17 (Ferryhill to Peterborough), and last time I looked at the notice boards in the area saying “opening Spring 2017”, yet the works don’t anywhere near opening this spring

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Darrell,

      Our scheme has been under some pressure due to archaeological works and third party utility diversions.

      At this point in time, we are expecting to complete all our works by the winter.

      Our scheme boards have recently been updated to reflect this.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Stephen Astley

    I am travelling north bound on the A1 this coming Friday 19th May. Will J56 be closed to leave the A1
    as the only info I can see is that lane 1 is closed. I will be there at about 8.30am

    Steve

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Steve,

      We can confirm that Junction 56 (Barton) is currently closed and will be re-opening on the morning of 21st May.

      A signed diversion route is in place using the local access road north of Scotch Corner.

      We appreciate your patience during this essential motorway upgrade.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Mans Gorman

    Hi. We are planning a journey from Northampton, up the A1 to A66 junction tomorrow, (Wednesday) evening. Will the A1 be closed after 9:00m?

    Thanks
    Amanda

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Amanda,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      For confirmation there are no planned closures this evening which would affect your journey, you will be able to leave the A1 at Scotch Corner Junction on the A66.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ian Smith

    Hi, I’m walking the coast to coast footpath at the end of the month. Can you tell me whether the footpath diversion at Catterick Bridge http://wainwright.org.uk/coasttocoast.html is still in force? Thank you. Ian

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Ian,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that the footpath diversion at Catterick Bridge is still currently in place.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ali

    Hi I am travelling to Scotland from the south on the A1 on Friday night, 26 May via the A66. Will the A1 northbound or A66 westbound be closed at any point?
    Thanks, Ali

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Ali,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that on Friday night there won’t be any closures in places that would affect your journey.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear David,

    We are writing to thank you for your enquiry relating to the works which are currently being carried out on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. We can confirm that the scheme will now complete later than originally planned. We confirmed in early April, that our programme has been under some pressure due to unexpected levels of archaeology, particularly around Scotch Corner, as well as the process of coordinating third party utility diversions. We do appreciate that this will be a disappointment to many local residents and road users who have been patient with us during the course of the works.

    We still have outstanding works and testing to complete the new motorway communications systems (which includes the overhead signing and emergency telephone systems) between Leeming & Barton and until these works are finished, it will not be safe for us to open these new sections of motorway. Therefore, whilst they may appear to be fully operational lanes, they are not yet complete.

    The archaeological works around the site have been very historically significant, there has been a team of up to 60 people from Historic England working along the site for the past two years during which time they have discovered more than 177,000 artifacts dating back up to 2000 years and sieved more than 50 tonnes of sediment samples. It was discovered that the site was the mostly northerly example of coin production in Europe and one of the earliest and wealthiest Roman administrative and industrial centres for several decades until it was eclipsed by the rise of Cataractonium to the South. Exhibits from the site are currently available for public viewing at the Bedale museum.

    “The sheer amount of exceptional objects found on this road scheme has been extraordinary,” Neil Redfern, principal inspector of ancient monuments at Historic England, said in the statement. “This project has given us a unique opportunity to understand how the Romans conducted their military expansion into northern England and how civil life changed under their control.”

    We are still working hard to complete the section from Leeming to Catterick Central by the end of the summer, releasing the benefits of this part of scheme to public earlier and reducing the remaining length of roadwork’s to approximately half the original length. We then expect to open the section from Catterick Central to Barton by the end of the year.

    Our project team are working to ensure that our continued works cause least possible disruption and this is communicated to local residents and the travelling public.

    Please let us know if you require any further information.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • John Elliott

    Hi there,

    Any planned closures north and south this week?

    Thanks,
    John

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear John,

      The only planned closure this week will be Southbound Scotch Corner to Tunstall Road on Thursday at 8pm until 6am.

      We do also have a weekly e-mail bulletin that provides details of upcoming closures and roadwork’s on the scheme, please e-mail A1LeemingtoBarton@highwaysengland.co.uk to be included on the mailing list.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Katy,

    We would like to thank you for your comments. Our team are currently working towards completion of the local access road between Catterick and Leeming Junction. Our aim is to complete the works on the local access road during the summer, and ahead of the remaining sections of the A1. We are currently going through the process of inspections and identifying outstanding works for completion and safe opening.

    We do have a weekly traffic management update that advises of upcoming closures and roadwork’s and with your permission, we would be happy to add you to the distribution list.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Joanne Thompson

      That doesn’t really state how long you think it’s going to take.

      • CWHighways_England

        Dear Joanne,

        Our team are currently working toward completion of the local access road between Leeming Junction and Catterick Garrison by the end of August. It should be noted, however, that there are a number of factors that can influence opening dates, and some of these are beyond our own control. We are
        working to ensure that adequate resources are available to achieve our targets, however, independent safety reviews will need to be undertaken prior to
        opening.

        If you would like to be added to our weekly traffic management distribution lists, further details will be provided closer to the time.
        Kind regards
        A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Peter

    Hi there,

    I notice that there are now signs up at Barton (J56) sating that the southbound entry slip road at Barton will be closed for 6 weeks from Sunday 11th June 2017 (presumably for its reconstruction?).

    Are you aware that on that day the BTCC Touring Car races are being held at Croft Circuit with what is expected to be a very large crowd (as is usual for this meeting). J56 Barton is the quickest and easiest way to get to and from Croft and the A1 (other than either driving through Middleton Tyas Village or going a long way round via Darlington or Northallerton).

    Would it therefore be possible to postpone this slip road closure until at least the late evening of Sunday 11th June?

    Many thanks.
    Peter

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Peter,

      Thank you for your enquiry. We can confirm that the works on the Barton Slip road will only commence after 8pm on the 11th of June. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team via email on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good Morning Neil,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Our A1 Leeming to Barton team are working hard to ensure that the completion of the scheme is achieved in the best possible time frame, though we appreciate that the delays will be a disappointment to many members of the travelling public. Archaeology has, however, been a key part of the scheme and further details are given in the press release that we have issued recently.

    Whilst it may appear that there are sections of live carriageway that can be used but are coned off, these are not yet completed. We do have the requirement for installation and testing of motorway gantries, communications systems which must be completed along safety audits and the completion of the non-motorway route before this section can be opened. The commissioning and testing of these systems will be on-going for some time although not always a visible activity and we have a dedicated team managing this process which also involves a number of sub-contractors.

    We are still working hard to complete the section from Leeming to Catterick Central by the end of the summer, releasing the benefits of this part of scheme to public earlier and reducing the remaining length of roadwork’s to approximately half the original length. We then expect to open the section from Catterick Central to Barton by the end of the year.

    Our scheme is currently using temporary traffic management and the yellow and black signs that are used are in accordance with national guidance and recommendations. Our temporary signs will be maintained until such time as we are able to install the permanent signage for the new motorway. At this point, we then will remove the temporary signs.

    We are grateful for the patience and understanding that is shown by all road users, whilst we are making these improvements to the A1 between Leeming and Barton.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • adsconave

    Is there a date for the re-opening of Fort Bridge? 18 months from November 2015 was the planning replacement time. I notice that it’s now given as the end of 2017 so that’s two years and those of us who link Colburn to Brompton-on-Swale regularly are getting fed up with the constant queuing, time and mileage. Thanks.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      When our team commenced starting works on the Fort Bridge between Catterick Racecourse and the old A6136, it was proposed that there would be an 18-month
      period for construction of the new bridge. It has only been once we started removing the old road surface, that we were able to identify that there was substantially more archaeology underneath the A6136 than was expected.

      As works are being delivered in a scheduled monument, there is a requirement for careful management of the area to ensure that the cultural heritage is protected. We are mindful of the fact that Fort Bridge does provide an important connection between Colburn and Catterick Bridge / Brompton-on-Swale. As such we will be working to reopen the route as early as possible, though this will be later than we had originally anticipated.
      Kind regards
      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Unterwasser

    Hi,

    Is it possible to travel from Moulton to Skeeby i.e is there a bridge over the A1 at that point? Thanks.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon,

      During the scheme’s Public Inquiry in 2006 the possibility of a bridge to connect Scurragh House Lane (Moulton) and Scurragh Lane (Skeeby) was discussed but discounted. It was deemed by the Secretary of State that a bridge at this point was not required as part of the scheme. However, it will be possible to cross the A1 using the Scotch Corner Junction.

      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Louise,

    Thank you for your enquiry, on Monday evening we did have a full closure of the A1 Southbound between Junction 56 (Barton) and Junction 51 (Leeming Bar). Our team had used both hard signage and portable variable message boards to direct traffic on a diversion prior to A1M J60 (Sedgefield), using the A689 and then the A19.

    As we had physically closed the southbound A1 at Barton Junction, any traffic reaching this point would have been signed to go back north and use J60 and our approved diversion route. Our staff at the point of closure, should have been able to advise you of this diversion route and we would apologise that it does not seem that this was the case.

    We do understand that this may have created issues with using your sat-nav as the closures of the A1 may not have been identified. Details of our closure, should have been available on the Traffic England website.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Snowden,

    Thank you getting in touch with the scheme.

    I’d like to apologise for your previous comment being deleted, this wasn’t a deliberate attempt to not answer your query as we had responded directly via e-mail.

    Just to address your points, the weekly e-mail traffic update that is sent out has the correct closure details. The information on this page previously incorrect and has now been corrected.

    Please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you have any further queries.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Rob Snowden

      Hi. Thanks for replying. just a heads up though that I never received a direct reply by email, hence the reason for my second post.

  • S seddon

    Will i be able to get from leeming bar to catterick village next Wednesday, Thursday and friday at about 4:45am? Thank you

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, apologies for the delayed response.

      There should be no restrictions travelling from Leeming Bar to Catterick on any morning this week.

      This page isn’t monitored 24/7 so for more urgent queries Journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. Planned roadwork’s are also listed towards the top of this page.

      If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Brian,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, apologies for the delayed response.

    The local access road doesn’t yet have a confirmed opening date. However, the date will be confirmed both on this page and via the weekly e-mail bulletin. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the weekly e-mail update.

    Please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you have any further queries.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi everybody,

    Thank you for your patience, the latest information on the local access road around Catterick and Tunstall is as follows:
    Our first phase of the opening on this new section of road will be to provide access between Leeming Lane (Marne Barracks) and Catterick Central Junction only. Once we have opened this section, we will still be undertaking a number of works between Marne Barracks and Junction 51 – Leeming Bar.

    Our team are currently working to the following timescales:
    On Friday 14th July it will be possible to continue south from Catterick Central Junction using the local access road as far as Leeming Lane as a one-way route only. It will not be possible travel north between Leeming Lane and Catterick Central Junction.

    On Friday 21st July it will be possible to use the section of local access road between Catterick Central Junction and Leeming Lane in both directions.

    Once these sections of local access road are available for use, we will then close the temporary junctions to and from the A1 in the Catterick / Tunstall area. We will write to you again, once we are ready to open the local access road between Catterick and Leeming Junction.

    We would like to thank you for being patient with us during our works. If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or enquiries@a1l2b.com

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Joanne Thompson

      Do you have an approx time on this yet x

      • CWHighways_England

        Hi Joanne,

        We can confirm that on Saturday 29th July 2017, the local access road between junction 52 Catterick and junction 51 Leeming will be available to public traffic. On the same evening, we will also re-open Low Street junction which provides access to and from Kirkby Fleetham, Great Fencote and Little Fencote.

        Over the coming weeks, we will need to maintain temporary 30mph speed limits on the local access road. These speed limits will be in place for both the protection of our workforce and the public, as there will be remedial works still on-going. The local access road will not be formally handed over to the local highways authority (North Yorkshire County Council) at this point and will remain part of our scheme for some time.

        We would once again like to thank you for being patient with us and for your support for the scheme so far. If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or enquiries@a1l2b.com.

        Kind regards

        A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, I’d like to apologise for the delay in responding to your query.

    Between Junction 56 (Barton) and Scotch Corner are now being used by the public. From Friday 21st July, we will also be able to provide a route that continues from Junction 51 (Leeming) towards Catterick.

    As our works progress, there will be further sections of the local access road that can be used by cyclists and other non-motorway traffic. Our aim is to complete all our works on the A1 and the local access roads by the winter.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Hilary,

    Thank you for contacting the scheme and making your frustrations known to us.

    Any signage placed onto the network, should be in accordance with current traffic management guidance, in line with design plans and reviewed regularly.

    Following on from your comments about the signage we will review this issue with our contractors.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Rob

    Our team are aware that the on-going requirement for overnight closures does mean that there is additional pressure on local roads. Whilst we have clear signage in place to direct traffic on to the A689 and the A19, one of the issues that we constantly face is rat-running traffic using the A167 as an alternative route.

    Over the next few months, we will be in a position to allow traffic to use the new sections of the local access road between the new Catterick Central Junction and Junction 51 – Leeming. Also we do still currently have a number of works to complete on the local access road between Scotch Corner and Brompton-on-Swale, past the Travelodge.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Allison

    We would like to thank you for the comments relating to Bowbridge Lane and are sorry to hear that you had a frustrating journey.

    Over the course of the project, our team have been using a number of diversion routes that have been agreed with the local highways authorities, police and other stakeholders. Our team do seek feedback on our proposed temporary signage from these authorities, prior to implementing any temporary diversion routes. Our temporary signs that we use are in accordance with current temporary traffic management guidance but we accept that there may be instances when additional temporary signage may benefit road users and we will look to make changes, where we can.

    As we are working to provide new routes for public use, we are constructing a new local access road between Junction 51 – Leeming and Catterick. Due to these changes, new permanent signage has recently been installed at Bowbridge Lane and also at Leeming Junction. Once the local access road is in use, these permanent signs will direct traffic across the new Low Street Bridge and on to the east side of the A1 and towards Great / Little Fencote and Kirkby Fleetham.

    Our team would like to thank you for your feedback, as a result we will review the possibility of masking over parts of these permanent signs to avoid further confusion to local traffic.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Jones,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, I’m sorry to hear about your frustrations at the diversions.

    Our team are aware of the local importance and connectivity that is provided by Fort Bridge. This bridge has been one of the most complex areas of the scheme and our initial expectation was that an 18 month period would be required to allow for completion..
    Since the bridge was demolished, we have encountered more archaeology than was originally planned. The unexpected archaeology increased the pressure on the programme in this area. Our current expectation is that the bridge will be completed in the autumn but we are aware of the significance of this route, and we will aim to reopen the route as soon as possible.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Ben Jones

      I would also like to ask why the traffic management in the A1 on Fridays is so appallingly embarrassing? Absolutely shocking. Traffic backed up from the A1 into the middle of colburn. Why has this not been managed

      • CWHighways_England

        Dear Mr Jones,

        On Friday afternoons, the area around the A1 has historically been subject to heavy volumes of traffic. Our team are aware of this issue, and we are working hard to complete many of the sections of new road and allow the public to benefit from the scheme.

        We appreciate that when traffic does build up, it does create issues on the local road network. Our team have full CCTV coverage of the area to allow us to monitor any activities, and we have a free CCTV recovery service in place to allow us to attend to any incidents that may occur.

        Kind regards

        A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    On the evening of 1st July, we had closed the A1 between Junction 56 (Barton) and Catterick Central Junction. Our diversion route during these closures uses the A689 and the A19, as this is the most suitable route and causes minimal disruption to local residents. We do keep the A1 open past Junction 60, so that we can maintain local connections to several communities on either side of the A1.

    We were sorry to hear that you had joined the A1 and continued as far as Junction 56 (Barton). Our team have confirmed that they did check the diversion signs on that evening, and there were temporary signs in place on all approaches to Junction 60 and further advisory signs in place prior to Junction 59 and Junction 58. If any traffic misses these signs, then there are diversions in place that will take traffic on a return journey back towards Junction 60 (Sedgefield).

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr McLaughlin

    We are sorry to hear of the disruption that has been caused to your journey when using the A1. As part of the works that are being undertaken to upgrade the section of trunk road between Leeming and Barton, a number of overnight closures are required for the safety of both our workforce and the travelling public. Our team look to coordinate these and aim reduce disruption to those travelling our strategic network.

    Our works on 3rd July included surfacing, traffic management alterations and works to one of the highway embankments. As access to the carriageway was required, it would not have been safe to allow traffic to continue to use the A1 during these operations. Our approved diversion route took traffic from Junction 49, using the A19 and the A689 to Junction 60 and from that point, you would have been able to continue north and use an alternative route to the west. We need to keep the A1 open between Junction 49 and Junction 51, as access is needed to a number of communities either side of the A1.

    Unfortunately we cannot provide a shorter alternative route to Scotch Corner, as there are no suitable routes on the west side of the A1. Our scheme has created a new local access road that will provide an alternative during any emergencies or planned maintenance works.

    We have noted that you returned south on the A1, where a further diversion would have been encountered around Scotch Corner. We apologise for the disruption caused as our team do try to keep these instances of concurrent diversions to a minimum, though every effort is made this is not always possible due to the size and scale of our operations. The diversion route that was being used around Scotch Corner was much shorter in length.

    We apologise for the disruption this would have caused.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the Leeming to Barton scheme page.

    Our scheme is unable to provide access for the public to Lords Lane, as this road is under private ownership. Local connection to villages on the west side of the local access road is currently provided using Bowbridge Lane.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ron Smith

    Hi. What is the latest on the opening of The Fort Bridge from Colburn to Catterick Village?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Smith,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme page.

      The team here are aware of the local importance and connectivity Fort Bridge provides. This bridge has been one of the most complex areas of the scheme and our initial expectation was that an 18 month period would be needed to complete the works on it.

      Since the bridge demolition, we have encountered more archaeology than was originally expected. This unexpected archaeology increased the pressure on the works in this area. Our current expectation is that the bridge will be completed in the autumn but we are aware of the significance of this route, and we will aim to reopen the route as soon as possible.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • A Craig

    Hi, I’m again traveling south from Bishop Auckland County Durham and again it looks like I’m hemmed into the North East by multiple south bound works on both A1 and the A168. What route do you suggest I take if I want to leave Bishop Auckland County Durham at 5am on Tuesday 1st August to get to Northampton ( 3 to 4 hour trip) by 8.30 – 9am?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Craig,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      We don’t have any planned closures on our section of the A1 which would impact your journey on Tuesday morning.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Carol,
    Thank you getting in touch, apologies for the delayed response.
    The Coast to Coast walk previously went from St Giles Farm under the A1 at Fort Bridge by Catterick Racecourse. Following the demolition of Fort Bridge there is now a temporary footbridge in place by Catterick Racecourse which is the recommended diversion path.
    Please let us know if you need any further information.
    Kind regards
    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • alison adams

    Does the new local road between Catterick and Leeming have a number ?
    And why doesn’t it appear on Google maps yet ?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Alison,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      The new local road does not have a number.

      It can take some time for Google to update their systems and that’s outside of our control.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Toner

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    I can confirm that there are no plans to insert any more junction numbers between Scotch Corner and Barton and the numbering will remain as is.

    There are currently no plans to put in a Junction 54 or 55.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Veronica

    Thank you for getting in touch and I’m sorry to hear about your frustrations at the traffic going through Great Smeaton.

    Over the course of the scheme, our team have been in contact with the chairman of Great Smeaton Parish Council and other residents in the area regarding the same issue as we are aware that the village has had difficulties with the level of traffic using the A167.
    The A167 is not a diversion route that we use when we close the A1. Our approved diversion routes always aim to keep motorway traffic on the motorway network in the first instance as the routes need to be suitable for the type and volume of traffic we expect to use the motorway. Our approved southbound diversion route, which was agreed with the police and the local highway authority in advance of the scheme starting, takes traffic from the A1 at junction 60 to use the A689 and the A19 before then re-joining the A1 at Junction 49. For northbound traffic, the reverse of this route is used. Traffic approaching from Darlington via the A66/A66(M) is taken north to junction 60 to follow the same route.

    Unfortunately, we are aware that some drivers seek to find alternative routes that they perceive to be more direct or convenient than our signed diversion routes using either their local knowledge or by following satellite navigation systems. We have been working with the local highway authority and the police over the last 18+ months to try and reduce rat-running in an effort to reduce disruption to the local communities. Unfortunately, in this instance the A167 is a major local road which provides a direct service route between the two centres of Darlington and Northallerton and the rural community and as a consequence, we have been unable to impose any restrictions on its use.

    We have reviewed the signage that is installed to ensure that the diversion routes are as clear as possible and strengthened this where necessary by providing additional signs. We have also engaged with the Freight Transport Association and local hauliers to try and encourage professional drivers to stay on the signed diversion. We have also ensured that we rigorously challenge the programme of overnight closures to ensure that when the A1 is the closed the work that we carry out in this shift is maximised to reduce the number of closures needed overall and we can assure you that we will continue to do this.

    If you have any further queries or aspects that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi Timbones,

    At present the road isn’t numbered but it should be on completion of the scheme.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Susanna,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    We have been mindful since the start of the scheme the Scotch Corner junction can become congested which can cause problems within the service area and those connecting onto various different routes. We have been heavily constrained by the requirement to maintain a connection from the A1 on to the A66. During the daytime, we have also needed to maintain a route around the roundabout for abnormal traffic, restricting access for our equipment and also resulting in the fact that we cannot achieve a safe working distance from live traffic. Works are progressing, however, this can appear to be slow as we need to maintain these traffic links and means that we are unable to work 24/7 on this junction.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and we apologise for the delays you experienced when passing through the scheme. We offer our reassurances that we continue to review the customer experience of the Scotch Corner Junction.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike,

    We would like to thank you for your query relating to the on-going A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme. At this point in time, many of our activities are focussed around the construction and completion of sections of local access road that run parallel with the A1 and snagging activities.

    Our works on the local access roads are largely away from the view of the travelling public, passing through the scheme and as such, we appreciate that this can give the impression that works are not progressing on the A1 itself. Completion of the local access roads are required, to provide an alternative for non-motorway traffic and these sections can then be opened to the public.

    The local access road opened to the public on the 29th July along with Low Street junction, providing access to and from Kirkby Fleetham, Great Fencote and Little Fencote. However, speed limits are in place as remedial works are still on-going.

    Currently, we are still making good progress towards completing the A1 between Leeming and Catterick by the end of Summer and we trust that the public will then be able to benefit from completed sections of the scheme. Works further north will be completed towards the end of the year. We apologise for not being able to be more specific with the dates but work is steadily progressing towards completion.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    We would like to thank you for taking the time to contact the scheme and raising your comments on the current arrangements that are in place on this section of the A1. We are sorry to hear of the frustrations that you have had, particularly as we are working to undertake improvements to this part of the road network

    We instruct our traffic management team to conduct regular drive through to check the diversion route is clear and signage is in place and conduct follow on actions after receiving customer feedback.

    As highlighted in the ‘Featured Comment’ section of this page and at the top we provide a link to Traffic England to provide journey planning information and any relevant roadworks or closures for the next seven days appear in the ‘Planned Roadworks’ section.

    We also provide a weekly e-mail update providing details of closures and diversions, if you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Again we apologise for the disruption you have received and thank you for your feedback.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    We don’t have any official agreement to notify Google of new roads, they work independently on their updates based on their own research, trend monitoring and user feedback.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Alan,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    We do understand that a lot of patience is still being shown as our works are continuing. The support and comments we receive, particularly by members of the local community and also those who use the A1 every day are appreciated. Undertaking a scheme such as this does take a lot of planning but we hope that as we start to open finished sections, such as the recently opened local access road, people will soon start to see the benefits of all that has been achieved.

    At present, we still have 50-mph speed limits in place as there is a requirement for works access directly off the A1 itself. At the same time, we also have some outstanding works, which include testing and completion of the gantry signs, emergency telephone systems and we also have some temporary slip roads to reinstate around the Catterick area. We also need to ensure that the local access road can be used by non-motorway traffic before we can start decommissioning the speed cameras, removing temporary barriers and open to national speed limit. Many of the lanes do look operation, though our works are not quite yet complete.

    For clarity, works were programmed to be completed by the end of the Spring, though we did have some pressure on the scheme from archaeology and utility diversions. It meant that a formal announcement had to be made that the scheme opening dates would be moved back to the winter. We’re aiming to open the southern parts of the scheme though towards the end of the summer.

    One of our biggest constraints on a project such as this, is managing live traffic and the routes through and around our activities. We do aim to keep traffic moving as safely and as easily as possible through our works as possible.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Paula

    Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme and I would like to apologise for the difficult journey you have endured.

    The team are aware that especially at peak times, there can often be queues on the A66 and a full review is being undertaken by our design team to determine whether any quick changes can be made to the signals on the roundabout to keep traffic flowing. more efficiently It should also be noted that we do have full CCTV coverage of the scheme and 24/7 traffic management coverage on the scheme to enable us to keep traffic moving as freely as possible and allowing us to deal with any incidents immediately.

    The Scotch Corner junction in particular is a difficult location as we have to maintain a constant connection for traffic which restricts our own access for conducting works resulting in slower progress than would usually be the case as we are unable to work 24/7 at this point.

    Thank you for your feedback and we apologise for the delays you’ve experienced on the scheme.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Eoin

    Are the speed cameras between Barton anglian Leeming average speed cameras or just speed cameras?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Eoin,

      Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that the speed cameras between Barton and Leeming are average speed cameras. These are for the safety and protection of both the workforce and the travelling public.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Johnathan,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch and I’m sorry that you don’t feel the queries have been answered fully.

    It may appear that there are sections of live carriageway that can be used but are coned off, these are not yet completed. We do have the requirement for installation and testing of motorway gantries, communications systems which must be completed along safety audits and the completion of the non-motorway route before these sections can be opened. The commissioning and testing of these systems will be on-going for some time although not always a visible activity and we have a dedicated team managing this process which also involves a number of sub-contractors.

    Other sections of the scheme generally will only be worked on overnight, such as at Scotch Corner where it’s crucial we maintain a constant traffic connection and can normally only be worked on by our operatives at night, meaning progress appears slow and work wouldn’t be visible during the daytime.

    Again I apologise for your frustrations but if you’re still not satisfied with our response you may send your concerns in more detail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk for a detailed reply or you can follow our complaints procedure https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure
    Our customer contact centre will always try to resolve any complaint at the first point of contact. We aim to respond to all queries within 15 working days.
    You can alternatively contact us by phone on 0300 123 5000 (local rate call). If you prefer to send a letter, the address is:

    Highways England
    National Traffic Operations Centre
    3 Ridgeway
    Quinton Business Park
    Birmingham
    B32 1AF

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Allison

    It is being rumoured around Catterick that Fort Bridge will not be completed until March 2018. Is this correct? If so, what has caused this further delay?

    Thanks
    Allison

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Allison,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme with your query.

      There is no truth to that rumour. Fort Bridge is currently scheduled to be opened in Autumn 2017.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Chris

    Hi I am travelling down along the a66 to scotch corner looking to get to Newark on Thursday 24th August sometime between 9pm and 11pm will I be able to join a1 from scotch corner roundabout , cheers

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Chris,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

      I can confirm that on the evening of the 24th August there are no closures in place along our scheme which would prevent you joining the A1 at Scotch Corner

      We do provide a weekly e-mail update providing details of closures and diversions, if you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Pete,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    I can confirm that there is no truth to that rumour and Fort Bridge is scheduled to be opened in Autumn 2017.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Headley-North,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme to express your concerns.

    I can confirm there is no truth to the rumour that Fort Bridge is delayed until Spring 2018.

    The team here are aware of the local importance and connectivity Fort Bridge provides. I apologise and understand yours and the other local residents frustrations caused by the closure and can now confirm that Fort Bridge will be opening in Autumn 2017.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or enquiries@a1l2b.com.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Chris,

    Please accept our apologies, I had incorrect information. You’re correct the south bound entry slip is closed until 6:00am on the morning of the 25th August and the usual diversion would be in place.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Colin and Sandra

    Tonight is just appalling through Richmond. You have done nothing to prevent the lorries using the route through the town when the A1 / A66 is closed. You stated before that only ‘opportune motorists’ choose to use this route rather than following the official diversions but that is utter rubbish. It is 10.10 pm and the noise is just unbearable. We are running a Guest House and tomorrow morning I have to apologise to all our guests for the appalling conditions they have had to endure, hoping that they will not refuse to pay their bills or post bad reviews on the internet which will damage our business forever, way after all these roadworks are finished. You have shown no regard for local people and businesses putting up with this night after night. Surely after all this time you do not have to keep closing all the lanes. Surely you can keep a lane open at this stage.
    We are effectively sleeping on the hard shoulder of the A1 and something must be done to prevent these lorries from using unofficial routes. Get some of your patrols out to stop the lorries coming through and make sure they use the official route . It is not local passing traffic as these vehicles do not pass through Richmond when the A1 / Catterick/ Scotch Corner area is open.

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Colin and Sandra

      On the evening of 19th August, a closure of the A1 was required to facilitate repairs to a section of the temporary safety barrier that had been damaged in a road traffic accident. It would not have been possible to safely undertake these repairs without first closing the northbound A1 to traffic between Junction 51 (Leeming) and Junction 53 (Catterick Central).

      One of our challenges during this scheme, is that we have not had an alternative route available to the west of the A1 that can cater for the volumes and types of traffic travelling towards the A66. We are unable to close the routes through Richmond to the public, as these are still required to maintain local access during our closures. We do however, avoid any strategic signage directing traffic through Richmond but many of the routes are open to the public.

      Our official diversion routes for strategic through traffic travelling north are via the A168, A19 and A689 towards Sedgefield and this removes large volumes of through traffic. We understand that when traffic leaves these diversion routes and seeks shorter alternative routes this places pressure on many of the residents and businesses in Richmond. Highways England work with the local highway authority and the police to mitigate against the impact of our closures, however, we are unable to close these public routes as they provide an important local connections.

      As further sections of carriageway and the local access road are becoming available, we are looking to reduce the number of full closures of the A1 that are required. It should be noted that there will be an on-going requirement for overnight closures, however, until the winter.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Paul,

    Thank you taking the time to get in contact with the scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We have also developed a weekly e-mail bulletin to provide regular updates on the scheme with regards to road closures, diversions and news of progress. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please let us know and we will send that out to you from the next bulletin onwards.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We do provide a weekly e-mail update providing details of closures and diversions and news of Progress. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk and we will send that out to you from the next bulletin onwards.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Steve,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We have also developed a weekly e-mail bulletin to provide regular updates on the scheme with regards to road closures, diversions and news of progress. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please let us know and we will send that out to you from the next bulletin onwards.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the Leeming to Barton Improvement scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or via enquiries@a1l2b.com

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Dave,

    Thank you for taking the team to get in contact with the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

    I’d like to apologise and understand your frustrations and advise that we are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick and once the date is confirmed we will issue a press release and also post the update on our webpage.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and if you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or via enquiries@a1l2b.com.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan

    Currently, we are unable to provide precise dates though we will announce the opening date for the section between Leeming and Catterick using a press release and also publishing dates on our scheme webpage. It is expected that we will be in a position to make this announcement over the coming weeks.

    Our works at Fort Bridge are progressing well and we will make a further press announcement about the opening of the bridge in the autumn. Opening is currently being planned for late October / early November.

    Our speed limits on the local access road between Leeming and Catterick are for the safety and protection of our workforce and also the public. It should be noted that this route is still part of the site, and we will only be in a position to remove the temporary speed limits following handover to the local highway authority.

    With respect to the completion of the remaining sections of the scheme, our team are working towards completing these over the winter period.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Headley-North

    Our current expectation is that Fort Bridge will re-open to the public in the Autumn period, though there has been some delay in this area. Some good progress is now being made.

    When we started the demolition in November 2015, we had expected that it would take 18-months before works were completed on the new bridge. Our works have been affected by archaeology underneath the old Catterick Road, which we had believed would have been previously disturbed. As Fort Bridge is in a scheduled monument site, we had to manage this with some care to protect the heritage of the area.

    Some further challenges were encountered in an area slightly to the north of Fort Bridge where we have been soil nailing. Our team have been working hard to ensure that the design and remedial works don’t affect our overall completion dates and works are now well underway.

    We have started removing the temporary speed cameras between Leeming and Catterick, as we need to do this before fully opening this part of the route as a motorway. We will announce the opening date via a press release to the public as well as publishing it on our scheme webpage over the coming weeks.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan

    We are pleased to announce that the section of the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme between Catterick and Leeming will open
    on the 22nd September 2017.

    Our works at Fort Bridge are progressing well and will open the bridge to traffic mid-November and open to pedestrians and cyclists early October.

    Our speed limits on the local access road between Leeming and Catterick are for the safety and protection of our workforce and also the public. This route is still part of the site due to ongoing works we will be in a position to remove the temporary speed limits following handover to the local highway authority, which will be early November.

    With respect to the completion of the remaining sections of the scheme, our team are working towards completing these over the winter period.

    Kind regards A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Ben,

    Thank you for your query regarding the re-opening of the Fort Bridge. We are aware of the importance that this route has on local traffic and also the impact that our continued works are having on the local community.

    When the initial demolition works took place in November 2015, our team had planned for an 18-month period for reconstruction works to take place. Since then, some additional archaeology was identified underneath the old Catterick Road, and in an area, which we anticipated would have been disturbed by the original road construction works. As the works to Fort Bridge are in a scheduled monument site this has affected the programme. Fort bridge will be open to pedestrians and cyclists early October and open to traffic by mid-November.

    We do appreciate that the time taken to complete our works at Fort Bridge is a cause of frustration, particularly as this does provide an important route across the A1. However, we are grateful for all the patience and support that is being shown to date.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear James

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    At this point in time, our design does not include road markings at the Catterick Central Junction, though we appreciate that there may be examples of poor driver behaviour such as you have described. Prior to the completion of the works on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, an independent road safety audit will be undertaken. If any requirement is identified at that stage, the necessary changes will be implemented.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and if you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or via enquiries@a1l2b.com.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Wilson,

    Thank you for taking the time to write to us regarding the operation of the traffic lights at Scotch Corner Junction.

    Our team are aware that the phasing of the traffic lights and our current temporary traffic management does mean that it can take time some for traffic to filter around the junction. The timing of the lights has been investigated on a number of occasions by our signals designer to ensure optimum times are allowed for all users approaching the junction.

    Our priorities are always to ensure that traffic continues moving around the junction and to minimise queues where we can. We do try to balance the operation of all the arms but this is not always possible and safety reasons, such as preventing queuing on the A1, may dictate timings in certain respects.

    The current phasing of the lights does allow for the maximum possible time for traffic from Richmond under the current configuration. We are trying to balance this with the heavy volumes of traffic that uses Scotch Corner interchange. Our works on the A6108 will be continuing until October and at that point the improved approach will be more able to accommodate the volumes of traffic using this route. Shortly after this, we should be able to release more capacity on Scotch Corner interchange itself.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Parke

    Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with the scheme. We would like to apologise for any delay that there has been in opening this section of the A1 between Leeming and Catterick.

    As I am sure you will appreciate, this does mark an important milestone in the completion of the scheme and has not been without considerable planning. Our original completion dates were amended due to circumstances outside of our control such as the extensive archaeological finds and issues caused by power cables and utilities in the area. We are now committed to full scheme completion in winter 2017/18.

    With respect to opening the Southern section, we do appreciate that it may have appeared that our construction works were completed some time ago but we have had a number of less visible works to complete. These activities included testing and completion of the gantry signs, emergency telephone systems and the reinstatement of slip roads around the Catterick area. There has also been a number of recent night time closures to allow for fully decommissioning the speed cameras and removing temporary traffic management.

    At the same time, our processes for completion of the motorway have included road safety audits and closing out all identified works to ensure public safety following opening. We would thank all those affected by our works for the patience and support that has been shown over the construction period.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Janet

    We would like to thank you for taking the time to contact us, with respect to the on-going works that are being carried out on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    Some considerable time and effort has been spent trying to reduce the impact of our works. Our first approach is always to look to undertake works in such a way that we can keep routes open to the public, though this is not always safe or possible.

    On those occasions when we do need to implement road closures, our diversion routes are always subject to agreement from the local highway authority. Consultation also takes place with specific stakeholders such as the police and emergency services, who have an active interest in the use of the road network. If improvements are identified, these will be implemented as part of our works.

    Often, our team will meet with the local parish councils to ensure that community needs are identified and managed accordingly. If there are issues that require particular attention, these will be addressed. A weekly traffic management cascade is also used to keep the local community updated on forthcoming works. We would be happy to include you in the circulation list, if it would be of benefit to you.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Emma,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

    As part of our scheme, a new local access road is being provided to take non-motorway traffic from Scotch Corner Junction to Barton. The route runs parallel with the A1 on the west side, and then crosses the new A1(M) using a new bridge before connecting into Kneeton Lane. The local access road will also act as a diversion route when there are planned maintenance or emergency works taking place on the motorway.

    In the area around Barton, minor improvements are being undertaken to the junction of Silver Street and Kneeton Lane. We are undertaking these improvements to ensure that this minor junction is compliant with current highway standards. Works include widening of visibility splays and also the provision of a ghost island, which will accommodate traffic turning right from Silver Street on to Kneeton Lane.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Walker

    Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with us regarding the works on-going at the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    We are writing to apologise for any confusion that may have been caused as a result of the traffic management that was in place on the evening of 19th September 2017.

    On that evening, we had closed off the northbound A1 between Junction 51 (Leeming) and Catterick. An appropriate signed diversion route was in place, taking traffic via the new local access road. This is a short route, which runs parallel with the A1 over a similar distance and avoids the need for a diversion via the A19. At Scotch Corner and also at Barton, we had also implemented closures of the A1 taking traffic via the exit and entry slip roads around both these junctions.

    Appropriate signage was in place for these diversions. We can also confirm that our scheme does notify the Regional Control Centre of our closures on a daily basis, allowing them the opportunity for updating gantry message boards and matrix signs. When the diversions are over a shorter distance, such as these routes, it is felt that localised signage of our diversion routes is more appropriate.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/governme… .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan,

    I can confirm that that our completion schedule is for the winter 2017/18 period.

    To keep up to date on any new of progress, road closures and traffic works we have also developed a weekly e-mail newsletter. If you would like to be added to the distribution please let us know.

    If you need any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Gaylor,

    Thank you for your enquiry relating to the on-going works on Kneeton Lane.

    On Friday 8th September, a closure of Kneeton Lane was implemented to allow us to undertake works at the northern end of the lane, where the road meets Silver Street. At that stage, it was expected that a closure would be required for a period of two weeks, allowing for the current phase of works to be completed. Our current programme has been affected by weather conditions, though we are opening Kneeton Lane for public use on the morning of Saturday 30th September.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for contacting us regarding your concerns relating to noise.

    We apologise for the disturbance caused. Our scheme proposals followed a public Inquiry in 2006 and an important part of this was the Environmental Statement. Our construction works on the A1 between Leeming and Catterick are now completed, in accordance with our commitments.

    Our exhibitions were held prior to the start of works, explaining to the local community that the scheme would be progressing in 2014. At that point we had a number of copies of the Environmental Statement as well as drawings available for anyone visiting to review.

    As part of the Environmental Statement, assessments were carried out relating to traffic noise and vibration along the proposed route. A number of test sites were chosen for this purpose. One of the closest test sites to Catterick was on Slessor Road, where it was anticipated that there would be a reduction in noise of around 3 decibels. In this area, the A1 has moved further away from Catterick and a quieter road surface has been applied.

    The Environmental Statement had not recommended any additional measures in this location. However, we advise reviewing the information provided on the Part 1 Claims procedures if you feel you are eligible to make a claim, you can find this here https://www.gov.uk/compensation-road-property-value

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Gaylor

    Before construction began on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, independent safety reviews were undertaken of the scheme design. Further independent safety reviews are also undertaken on the completion of all works. If any comments or observations are made, these are implemented to ensure the safety of all road users.

    At the original public inquiry held for the Dishforth to Barton scheme, one of the recommendations that was made was that consideration be given to the provision of a local access road between Scotch Corner and Barton. The local access road accommodates non-motorway traffic, such as agricultural vehicles, pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists, that would need an alternative route.

    It would not have been possible to construct this local access road on the east side of the A1, due to the impact it would have on Scotch Corner Services and also the residential properties in Middleton Tyas. Our only option was to provide a roundabout to the north of Scotch Corner, accommodating 2-way traffic using the local access road, traffic into the weighbridge and also the slip road on to the new A1(M). The proposals for the A1(M), which included the provision of a roundabout in this area were approved as part of the Public Inquiry for the section of the scheme between Scotch Corner and Barton held in 2014.

    Our scheme is also being constructed in accordance with national guidance and standards laid out in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. A new roundabout has been provided to accommodate traffic north on the A1(M), as well as the local access road between Scotch Corner and Barton and the adjacent weighbridge.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Kate

    Thank you for making contact with us regarding the traffic lights on the A6108. We are sorry to hear of the disruption to your journey, we would advise that additional time is allowed for passing through our road works during this period.

    On Monday 2nd October, we started our next phase of works at Scotch Corner and this will involve surfacing works on the roundabout itself. The surfacing works will require some complex traffic management, and we have had to open the local access road between Brompton-on-Swale and Scotch Corner to facilitate the works. Our team need to use the local access road as one of our diversion routes for traffic as it is not safe to leave the temporary northbound slip road open to the public at the same time.

    Our current arrangement means that traffic travelling north from Brompton-on-Swale and surrounding villages now needs to travel via Scotch Corner Junction and the A6108 Richmond Road to reach the northbound A1. As there has been this change to the traffic situation, we will ensure that a full review of the phasing of the lights is undertaken. If any improvements can be made without affecting the safety of the road user, we will implement these. We would however, advise that additional time is allowed for any journeys through this area.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Julie

    Thank you for making contact with us regarding the traffic lights on the A6108. We are sorry to hear of the disruption to your journey, we would advise that additional time is allowed for passing through our road works during this period.

    On Monday 2nd October, we started our next phase of works at Scotch Corner and this will involve surfacing works on the roundabout itself. The surfacing works will require some complex traffic management, and we have had to open the local access road between Brompton-on-Swale and Scotch Corner to facilitate the works. Our team need to use the local access road as one of our diversion routes for traffic as it is not safe to leave the temporary northbound slip road open to the public at the same time.

    Our current arrangement means that traffic travelling north from Brompton-on-Swale and surrounding villages now needs to travel via Scotch Corner Junction and the A6108 Richmond Road to reach the northbound A1. As there has been this change to the traffic situation, we will ensure that a full review of the phasing of the lights is undertaken. If any improvements can be made without affecting the safety of the road user, we will implement these. We would however, advise that additional time is allowed for any journeys through this area.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan,

    Over the autumn period our focus will be on the remainder of the project including completing the local access road between Scotch Corner and Brompton-on-Swale and opening the new Fort Bridge which will provide a new east – west link to Catterick for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

    Once Fort Bridge is fully open by the middle of November, the next major milestones will be the opening of the motorway between Scotch Corner interchange and junction 56 at Barton, and between Catterick junction and Scotch Corner interchange. The scheme will be fully open by Winter 2017/18.

    Complicated ground conditions have impacted on the method used to stabilise the embankment near the River Swale. This has resulted in an extension to the planned completion date. Highways England is working with contractors to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Chris Davison

    Perhaps those who complain about the delays should be reminded of CHEOPS’ LAW

    “No Major Construction project will ever be completed on schedule or within budget”

  • Gary Stephenson

    Hi
    Just thought I’d mention as all the A66 west/east bound traffic will be diverted through Gilling west and Richmond this weekend. There might be a slight problem with the 3m width restriction at The bridge at Gilling west……

    • CW2Highways_England

      Thanks Gary – we are aware of the restrictions at Gilling West and as the route is generally unsuitable for the volume of type of traffic we need to accommodate we don’t divert traffic through Gilling West. Motorists will be able to continue along the A66 to Scotch Corner interchange where they will join our signed diversion route to the A19.

  • Robert Carter

    Why is the northbound carriageway still restricted to two lanes at Junction 51 Leeming? When will the road markings be changed to bring the carriageway up to three lanes at this junction?

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Robert,
      The road markings will be changed when the section from junction 51 to junction 50 requires resurfacing. The junction was future proofed to ensure that three lanes could be provided so it’s just a case of reconfiguring the white lines. However, to change the configuration now would result in a lot of unnecessary resurfacing when there is still life left in the pavement. Our operational team who look after the motorway on a day to day basis are aware of this need and will ensure the reconfiguration happens when the resurfacing is carried out.

  • Rob Snowden

    The revised completion date of end of 2017 now seems to be the stuff of lala land! You are now saying this totally disruptive nightmare has been stretched out yet again and will now possibly, maybe end in “winter”. Winter runs from December 2017 through to pretty much the end of March 2018. Could you actually be anymore vague and ambiguous when stating your latest completion date for this project. Please respect those local people and businesses severely impacted, particularly by the overnight closures and give us firm dates please!

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Snowden,

      Thank you for getting in touch regarding the completion date of the scheme.

      I can confirm that the majority of the scheme will be complete and open for traffic by December 2017, there will be a small 2 mile section near the River Swale which will be complete in March 2018, this is due to complicated ground conditions meaning additional works are needed to ensure that the embankments remain stabilised.

      If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Greathead,

    Thank you for getting in touch regarding the completion date of the scheme.

    I can confirm that the majority of the scheme will be complete and open for traffic by December 2017, there will be a small 2 mile section near the River Swale which will be complete in March 2018, this is due to complicated ground conditions meaning additional works are needed to ensure that the embankments remain stabilised.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Elise

    I’d like to apologise for not responding to your query before your journey took place.

    This page isn’t monitored 24/7 so for more urgent queries journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    We do also have a weekly e-mail bulletin that provides details of upcoming closures and roadwork’s on the scheme, please e-mail A1LeemingtoBarton@highwaysengland.co.uk to be included on the mailing list.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Norman

    Thank you for getting in touch. We would like to apologise for any disruption that is being caused by our on-going works, particularly on the A6108 Richmond Road. In this area, we have also recently opened to traffic the local access road between the old Catterick North junction (Brompton-on-Swale) and the A6108 Richmond Road.

    Once we had opened the local access road, it was necessary for us to permanently close the slip road at Catterick North junction. All traffic from Brompton-on-Swale joining the A1 northbound now needs to use this route, as one of the permanent changes being made. Opening the local access road does allow further surfacing works to continue on Scotch Corner Junction.

    On the section of the A6108 between Scotch Corner Junction, and the new Richmond Road Roundabout, capacity has been reduced as our works are in contraflow. We also have reduced capacity on Scotch Corner Junction itself, as parts of the roundabout have lane restrictions in place meaning that additional journey time is needed. Once we have completed the scheme, there will be more capacity on these sections of road and permanent detector loops will be installed on the traffic lights to help accommodate greater volumes of traffic.

    Any further improvements to the area, needed to facilitate further works for the retail development will form part of the planning applications put forward.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Ian,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme regarding the exit slip road.

    In 2006, the scheme went to a public inquiry and was approved by the Secretary of State. This included the creation of a new motorway junction at Catterick, which has allowed for closure of the old junctions at Brompton-on-Swale and close to Marne Barracks. During the construction period, we constructed a temporary slip road to make sure that a connection was maintained for the benefit of the local businesses and residents.

    We have recently opened the new local access road, which allows traffic to leave the A1 at Scotch Corner and continue south towards Brompton-on-Swale. The southbound slip road will be maintained for emergency escape routes for any traffic leaving the A1(M), should there be any future incidents or accidents in this area.

    I hope this resolves your query. If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/governme

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Snowden

    Thank you for your further question relating to overnight closures on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    We anticipate that the majority of the work can be completed using lane closures. However, there may be a requirement for a small number of closures of the A1 until the scheme is complete. We will continue to review our traffic management proposals with a view to keeping these to a minimum

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/governme

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Gill,

    Thanks for your comments, these concerns have already been raised by the residents of Scurragh Lane and we have been able to agree to remove the signing to Skeeby via the A6055/Scurragh Lane from the roundabout. There will still be a sign on the A6055 just before the junction with Scurragh Lane for any traffic approaching from the south but traffic from Scotch Corner interchange will be directed to Skeeby via the A6108 as it currently is.

    Kind Regards

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Michael,

    As yet we aren’t able to announce a date. When we have absolute certainty we will announce the date in the newspapers, on our website and by roadside signs.

    Kind Regards

  • Mike

    Friday 10th Nov 17. There is a diversion sign for the A66 just before the South Bound Barton turn-off. Having not used this route for more than a few months I turned off for the A66 to find I have to come back on the A1 south bound. The sign needs removing.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Mike, that sign forms part of our current diversion route whilst we are working on Scotch Corner interchange. Can you provide further information as to where you encountered difficulties so that we can look into it?

      Many thanks

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Afternoon Pauline,

    Sorry we didn’t get to your query in time. We don’t monitor this page 24/7. If you need journey planning advice you can visit http://www.trafficengland.co.uk or if you prefer, you can phone us 24/7 on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

    • Pauline Rutter

      My query is for this coming Saturday 18th November!

      • CW2Highways_England

        Apologies Pauline, I misread when your query came in and as there wasn’t a date on your query I thought you were talking about the Saturday just gone.

        I’m not sure which direction you will be travelling from to get to Scotch Corner but there will be a closure northbound between junction 51 Leeming and junction 52 Catterick. The diversion is just via the parallel local access road which will be signed. There is also a closure of the A66 between Hardhills and Augill but this doesn’t form part of our scheme so I don’t have any further details. If you are approaching using the A66 please let me know and I’ll try and find out what the diversion/closure extents are.

        Kind Regards

  • Ben Jones

    A date for the fort bridge opening would be nice! We have been told for months that mid November the bridge will be open. Well here we are mid November exactly and from what I can tell we are no closer then last November or the November before that. What’s the excuse this time? Traffic lights for months on the new junction to fort bridge causing miles of traffic and all that has been achieved is you have leveled the mud. Please provide a date when the bridge will be open. As yet again we have been lied to

    • CW2Highways_England

      Morning Ben – we carrying out the final preparations to be able to re-open Fort Bridge and expect to be able to confirm this date imminently. Once confirmed, we will update the scheme webpage accordingly.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Ben, Just to follow up from your query earlier this week. Fort Bridge will re-open on Tuesday 21 November 2017.
      Kind Regards
      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Hi Stuart,

    The 30mph remains in force whilst there is snagging work to be completed on the local access road. We would ask all motorists to respect the speed limit for the safety of our workforce.

    We are carrying out the final elements of snagging and will be in a position to remove most of the speed restriction in the coming weeks.

  • neil

    Can you please advise why the Fort Overbridge is not yet completed. The completion has slipped now by six months.You said it would be open by mid November? Its now after mid November.

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Neil,

      I can confirm that on Tuesday 21 November 2017 we will open the new Fort Bridge to public traffic. We appreciate that Fort Bridge provides an important local connection between communities on the east and west sides of the A1 and are grateful for the patience shown during the reconstruction of this bridge.

      Following the opening of Fort Bridge, there will be a small amount of work to complete to install the permanent joints in the bridge. These works are minor and will be completed using localised traffic management during off-peak periods.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Hi Leanne,

    We will re-open the bridge on 21st November.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Hi Stuart,
    Just to follow up on your query, we are looking to remove a large section of the temporary speed limit from Leases Grange to Low Street junction towards the end of next week.
    Kind Regards
    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Andrew Bell

    Northbound approaching the newly constructed section @ Leeming the road reduces from 3 lane to 2 lane (over the roundabout) and back to 3 lane, however the section going Southbound is 3 lane throughout?

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Andrew, that’s correct. The lane drop through the junction will be altered when this section is resurfaced in the future. Altering the white lining at this stage would require a lot of unnecessary resurfacing whilst there is still life left in the road surface. The design has been future proofed and there is sufficient roadspace to make the change from two to three lanes when the resurfacing happens.
      Did you have specific query about this?

      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

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  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme to raise your concerns about speeding traffic.

    We provide regular briefings to all our workforce, regarding speeding on the local access road. If we are able to obtain information on the drivers, it also helps us to speak to any individuals, as this is a safety issue.

    Over this past weekend, we have opened a section of the local access road to national speed limits between Leases Grange (north of the site offices) and Low Street (Kirkby Fleetham Junction) and we trust that this will help matters.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Neil

    Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme.

    Currently, we are working with North Yorkshire County Council to ensure that many of the outstanding works are completed and that sections of the road can be handed over to the local highway authority. This will be an on-going process, until completion of the scheme though over this past weekend, we have opened a section of the local access road to national speed limits between Leases Grange (north of the site offices) and Low Street (Kirkby Fleetham Junction).

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sean

    Thank you for your queries relating to the scheme progress.

    Our team are hoping to open the new motorway from Catterick North up to Barton within the near future. As we do still have a number of works to complete, and there are also statutory processes that need to be followed, when opening to motorway standard these dates are still to be confirmed. Once we are able, we will ensure that the relevant information is posted to our website and that press releases are issued.

    In April 2017, we announced that our Spring 2017 opening dates had been heavily affected by both archaeology and third party utility supplies. The area around the River Swale is within a scheduled monument site, so our methodology does require archaeological consents. We have worked closely with Historic England, to ensure that our works are approved ahead of any construction activity. There has also been challenging ground conditions in this area, as underground water sources have affected the original methodology for construction that was being used. Following extensive geotechnical and engineering reviews, we have now arrived at a suitable methodology for progressing the soil nailing in this area.

    We do understand that progress has also been slow at Scotch Corner, though this is one of the most logistically challenging parts of the site. In this area, our works have been constrained by the requirement to maintain wide load vehicle routes and connections on to the A66. Many of the links onto the junction are also of archaeological significance and these have intrinsic links to the programme. Recently, we have been undertaking surfacing works around the junction following reconstruction works to widen the junction itself. The standard approach to surfacing works is to apply a number of layers and only when these have been allowed to cool off, can a further layer be applied. We have been only able to undertake this work at night, with parts of the junction closed off to traffic.

    Our works are set to be finished by the end of March, we do have appropriate resources for the level of activity that is still to be completed. As soon as we are able, we will also remove all traffic management from the scheme. It will then leave the section around Catterick and Brompton-on-Swale to complete by the end of March.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    On the approach towards the new Fort bridge, we have a step in road levels as we have not yet completed the permanent surfacing works.

    Whilst this area is safe for driving, we would advise that cyclists approach with caution. As works in this area are not due for completion until the new year, we will maintain the appropriate warning signs to advise that there is a ramp in the road surface.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Storeman69

      Hi the thing is its not really a ramp but a gully or trench. I ride my bike over it and it is harsh on my tyres. My wife drives towards Colburn and there is a hell of a crash on the suspension to her car, not to mention waking up our small baby. Now com-on you are always putting road work lights everywhere just to sort out the soil on road sides. A temp light to fill in this gully/trench would take less than 24 hrs!!!!!!!!

      • CfLHighways_England

        Dear Sir

        Whilst our team have been able to open the bridge to live traffic, and avoid further delays to local traffic we do still have a number of works left to complete and many of these depend on the availability of resource. It is expected that our works in this area, will be brought to a close early in the new year.

        Kind Regards,

        A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan

    Our team are working hard with a view to completing all our works and opening the scheme to motorway standard during the winter. We anticipate that all required works will be completed by the end of March, allowing for opening to motorway standard.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme regarding the opening.

    As soon as firm dates on specific sections are available they will be updated both on our website and via a press release.

    Kind regards

    Chris Ward

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Mr Darby

    We would thank you for your e-mail, with respect to the current level of activity on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    Based on the time of your post, we can confirm that a number of activities were taking place and these included installing new motorway signs, removal of temporary traffic management, surveying and inspections of the carriageway. Whilst many of these activities may appear to be limited to certain areas, these are necessary to ensure that the road can be opened to motorway standard. The process of inspections ensures that works are completed for the safety and benefit of the public and that the motorway can be opened at the earliest possible opportunity. It will then leave works to complete around Brompton-on-Swale.

    Between Low Street (Kirkby Fleetham) and Leases Grange just to the north of our site compound, we have been able to remove the temporary speed limits over a section of approximately 3 – 4 km. The speed limit is in place for the safety and protection not only of those who are working close to the edge of the carriageway but also road users. As works on the local access road are closed out, we will review further opportunities for removal of speed limits. The restrictions are equally applicable to our own workforce, who we are engaging with to address this issue.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here

    • Jonathan

      I can only put on record what I observe.
      I travelled the same journey again this morning and the only operatives I managed to see were the guys at Brompton on Swale undertaking the banking reinforcements. The time I travelled through was 8.00 am and seeing there was no work being undertaken last night at 6.00 pm I can only assume 8.00 am must be part of the working day.
      Just to confirm there seems to be a large portion of work left to undertake and no one actually undertaking it and overall what I worried about is further delays being advised and the consequences that brings to the local residence.
      Please add this comment to the previous complaint.

      • CfLHighways_England

        Dear Jonathan

        We thank you for your comments relating to the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

        Thank you for your further observations, please be assured that the team working on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme are working hard to close all issues out on the scheme. It is still expected that we will be opening the A1(M) to public traffic over the winter period, though if you wanted to provide us with further details on the route that you were travelling, we would be able to comment further on the type of activities.

        One of our main focus areas, is as you have explained the ground stabilisation works just to the south of the River Swale and this is one of the most visible points where our activities can be clearly seen by passing traffic. At the same time, however, we are also working on the local access road, which provide alternative routes for agricultural vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians that will not be able to use the A1(M). At Catterick North Bridge, as an example, extensive reconstruction works are being undertaken on the road crossing the A1 and this is essential work that needs to be completed prior to opening the new A1(M).

        Using night time closures of the A1, we are able to safely access parts of the carriageway that we would not be able to otherwise reach. The night time closures allow for further surfacing works, road markings, sign installation and addressing minor snagging works.

        Our team would like to reassure you that we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. If you would like further details on this process, please see here

        Kind Regards,

        A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Noel-Johnson,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the road signs.

    We are currently looking into this matter and will provide an update for you as soon as one is available.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Phil

    How is the junction from the Barton Road to Midd Tyas going to look when finished?

    • CfLHighways_England

      Dear Phil,

      On completion of the scheme, the road between Barton Junction and Barton village will be widened to improve visibility and ensure that the junction conforms to current highway standards. There will be a right hand turn facility available to allow traffic to turn from Silver Street on to Kneeton Lane and the local access road towards Middleton Tyas and Scotch Corner. Further works will be taking place in this area in early 2018.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Derek
    The scheme will be fully open this winter and we should be able to provide a further update early into the new year.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Jonathon,

    The scheme will be fully open this winter and we should be able to provide a further update early into the new year.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Marcus,

    The scheme will be fully open this winter and we should be able to provide a further update early into the new year.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • floreatbostona

    Can you confirm the Junction numbers between 51 and 56 please? As things stand I observe that Catterick North is 52, Scotch Corner is 53 and Barton is 56. Have I got this right?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Sir,

      Thank you for your query relating to the junction numbering on the new section of motorway between Leeming and Barton. I can confirm you are correct and the junction numbering will be as follows:

      • Junction 51 (Leeming)
      • Junction 52 (Catterick)
      • Junction 53 (Scotch Corner)
      • Junction 56 (Barton)

      Also junctions 54 and 55 will be omitted from this sequencing.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Neil

    We would thank you for your query dated Friday 22nd December 2017. It is our understanding that you had raised this same query directly with our public liaison officer, who was able to confirm that a new roundabout is to be constructed at the northern end of Gatherley Road, adjacent to A1 Boarding Kennels.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan,

    In September, we were able to open the southern section of the scheme between Junction 51 (Leeming) and Catterick ahead of the remainder of the works.

    When we made this announcement, we had explained in a press release that while our original programme had shown works coming to an end in Spring 2017, it was expected that completion would be over the winter period and would continue into early 2018. Our project team are still working towards these dates, and we hope that completion will be by the end of March.

    Delays to the scheme have been caused by extensive archaeology and diversions of third party utility supplies, such as gas, electric, and water. More recently unexpected ground conditions have affected the embankment stabilisation works between Fort Bridge and the River Swale. Some complex civil and geotechnical engineering has been applied to ensure that we can deliver these works. In addition to this, there was an incident at Scotch Corner, which caused extensive damage to the road surface and safety barrier and this has further impacted our programme.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see https://www.gov.uk/governme….

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    We are writing to thank you for your DISQUS query dated 4th January 2018, relating to the opening of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme. We also are grateful for the e-mail received on 8th January, relating to the publication of your query on this page.

    It should be noted that once a comment has been added to DISQUS, it is not automatically published, as we do need to moderate these. Moderating queries ensures that any comments that may cause offense can be removed or edited, if required. Whilst this has not been the case with your queries, there has been some delay in publishing your queries due to the Christmas / New Year period.

    Our team would like to apologise for the continued delay in opening this new section of motorway to traffic. We are looking to bring this project to a close by the end of March 2018 and this has been explained on our webpage.

    It may be useful to explain that following the opening of the southern section of the scheme between Junction 51 (Leeming) and Catterick in September 2017, we issued a press release explaining the reasons for the delay to the original programme. We were able to explain the impact of archaeology and third party utilities and that our aim was to complete works over the winter period, with activities continuing into early 2018.

    Works around the Catterick / Brompton-on-Swale area have been subject to unexpected ground conditions and some complex geotechnical solutions have been applied to complete the embankment stabilisation to the south of the river Swale.

    On the sections further north towards Scotch Corner, some rescheduling of work has been required due to spells of prolonged severe weather and also a major fuel spill that caused damage to the road surface and meant sections of safety barrier needed to be reconstructed. It should be noted that these areas, should still be completed within the given timescales for the scheme, with works coming to an end by March 2018.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    In September, we were able to open the southern section of the scheme between Junction 51 (Leeming) and Catterick ahead of the remainder of the works.

    When we made this announcement, we had explained in a press release that while our original programme had shown works coming to an end in Spring 2017, it was expected that completion would be over the winter period and would continue into early 2018. Our project team are still working towards these dates, and we hope that completion will be by the end of March.

    Delays to the scheme have been caused by extensive archaeology and diversions of third party utility supplies, such as gas, electric, and water. More recently unexpected ground conditions have affected the embankment stabilisation works between Fort Bridge and the River Swale. Some complex civil and geotechnical engineering has been applied to ensure that we can deliver these works. In addition to this, there was an incident at Scotch Corner, which caused extensive damage to the road surface and safety barrier and this has further impacted our programme.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    We would like to thank you for your further query relating to the works around Fort Bridge and on the section leading up to the A6136, Catterick Road. At this point there is an uneven transition between the old and new sections of carriageway, as we have not yet completed the surfacing of the road.

    A week of further night time closures will be needed to allow us to complete the surfacing and footpaths in this area in a safe manner. These works will be undertaken in January 2018 and will ensure that there is a smooth transition between the old and new sections of road. We will arrange for an inspection of the area to be carried out to ensure that it remains safe until the permanent surfacing works are completed.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    We would like to thank you for your further query relating to the works around Fort Bridge and on the section leading up to the A6136, Catterick Road. At this point there is an uneven transition between the old and new sections of carriageway, as we have not yet completed the surfacing of the road.

    A week of further night time closures will be needed to allow us to complete the surfacing and footpaths in this area in a safe manner. These works will be undertaken week commencing 15th January 2018 for 5 nights, weather permitting. This will ensure that there is a smooth transition between the old and new sections of road.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Judith,

    Our team do appreciate the significance of the Scotch Corner Junction. We have applied resources to ensure that works continue to progress, though the area is one of the most logistically challenging parts of the scheme for a number of reasons.

    Over the course of the project, we have been heavily constrained by the requirement to maintain a connection from the A1 on to the A66. The interface with live traffic is one of the biggest safety risks when undertaking this scheme and requires careful planning. During the daytime, we need to maintain a route around the roundabout for abnormal traffic, this restricts access for plant and means that we cannot achieve a safe working distance from live traffic. This means that much of the work at Scotch Corner is completed overnight when traffic can be diverted.

    One of our other big risks here is working around live services, such as gas, BT, electric and other third party supplies. At Scotch Corner, we have encountered a number of unchartered services, the extent of which has been greater than we had anticipated. It has taken time to deal with these services, whilst ensuring the safety of our workforce.

    All these works needed to be completed before surfacing of the junction could commence, which we were able to complete prior to Christmas. Works were affected as a result of weather and this meant that progress on the junction has been slower than we would have anticipated. We can confirm though that these works are now complete and our focus will now be on completion of white lining, sign installation, verge works and footpath works as well as the installation of the permanent traffic signals.

    Currently, there are signals in place that are mounted on a temporary basis. On completion motion sensors will be installed in the road surface to detect traffic and feed into the controllers for the permanent lights that are yet to be installed. The sensors will detect whether there is traffic on the approaches on to the junction and will prevent lights being on green for prolonged periods of time, when there is no queuing traffic.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi,

    Our team are aware of the impact that the delayed completion of the scheme is having on both the travelling public, businesses and residents affected by our works.

    Careful planning of the project has mitigated against further delays that could have been caused by unanticipated archaeology, statutory utility diversions and also the ground stabilisation works to the South of the River Swale. We are aware that in all these areas, we have experienced delays to the project and this has had a knock-on effect.

    Given the size and scale of this project, one of the most visible activities on site is road surfacing. As such these works are visible, though we are also undertaking sign installation, fencing, safety barrier installation, communications and technology works and a number of other minor activities, such as removal of CCTV cameras in preparation for opening the scheme to motorway standard. When undertaking these works, our teams do aim to keep the A1 open to the travelling public and demonstrate a considered approach to those using the route.

    As with every project, there are instances when there have been particular logistical challenges. In the areas that you have mentioned around Scotch Corner, we have had to work around a high number of unchartered services. Our works have been more extensive than replacement of the VRS safety barrier, and have included reconstruction of the A6108 in an area of known archaeology. It has required careful traffic management planning to ensure that traffic can continue to use this road during the works. Whilst traffic is no longer using this section of carriageway, a crossover point was required to maintain live traffic. Prior to Christmas, we moved into a further phase of works allowing for activities in the central reserve and allowing us to remove this ramp.

    We are working hard with a view to completing all our works and opening the scheme to motorway standard during the winter. We anticipate that all required works will be completed by the end of March, allowing for opening to motorway standard.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton

  • Jonathan

    Dear Sir,
    I have also had a number of comments deleted or removed from this website like the previous person and for this reason I feel I have had no alternative but to write a full and factual complaint letter which will include the way this discussion group is operated and all the other failures of this project in general. The letter will be circulated to the Highways England senior managements team, the secretary for transport (Chris Grayling) and the local press.
    The other issues I will be raising are :-
    1.The number of delays that are now forming a continual process.
    2. The fact local residents, commuters and tax payers are continually ignored or fobbed off like the previous comments made on this board.
    3. To raise a specific point when in September the southern section was opened this website published that all but a very small section around Brompton on Swale would be opened before the end of the year. We are advised now that this website did not advise that but winter 2017 early 2018., however I have printed proof on what was advised.
    4.The website still advises that the Scotch Corner to Barton Mainline and the Scotch Corner local works should be complete by end of 17 which is not the case.
    5. The lack of works being undertaken in the last 12-18 months is beyond belief for a project of this size and for it to carry on or not carry on should I put it even when the resource issue was raised by local residents.
    6. The lack of resource and amount of works being undertaken has continually been raised on this website and a meeting as even been requested so the reason for the continuing delays can be explained in more detail.
    7. This website operates on comments of a positive or inert nature are added immediately however comments of a negative nature are either not added at all or are added in 10-12 days so the appear lower down the discussion.

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Jonathan,

      Thank you for your comments.

      I would like to clarify that all comments are moderated before they are published on this page and as this page is not monitored 24/7 it can result in a delay before your post is listed and visible on the forum. I have reviewed your previous posts, one of which wasn’t posted and this was due to you having two outstanding queries at the same time both on the same subject of the delay. This was responded to on the 9th January.

      As a rule we publish all comments unless they are rude, duplications or use foul language. You can review all the comments published on the forum where you will find examples of negative, neutral and positive comments.

      Regarding the other issues you have listed, we have always provided the most up to date information that we have and we are sorry that you remain dissatisfied. Our formal complaints procedure can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

      • Jonathan

        Dear Sir,

        For reference it was 2/3 comments that did not appear on the forum, however I now understand how the Carillion situation could be affecting the works and therefore you will hear no more from me.
        Jonathan

  • CW2Highways_England

    Hi All,

    Welcome to our disqus forum.
    A few things to note :
    All comments are moderated before they are published and as this page isn’t monitored 24/7 this may result in a short delay before your comment is visible on the forum.
    If you need journey planning information i.e. when there are closures of the A1, you can find this information at http://www.trafficengland.com. There is a link through to Traffic England at the top of this page and we also include any relevant closures just above this comments section in a box called ‘Planned Roadworks’. Any requests for information on this page might not be picked up prior to your journey.

    We also receive lots of the same question and publish all the answers below so it might be quicker to review the questions we’ve already answered before submitting a new one and waiting for a response.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Chris

    Thank you for your comment.

    Over the Christmas and new year period, Highways England do all that we can to make journeys as smooth as possible. Part of this includes an embargo on traffic management and road closures over the bank holiday periods.

    During this time there can often be reduced availability of staff, resources and materials from the supply chain, who assist with the delivery of major schemes such as the A1 Leeming to Barton.

    Whilst these factors led to the decision that we would close the site for a period of two working weeks, we still anticipate that all required works will be completed by the end of March, allowing for opening to motorway standard. These dates are in accordance with the information provided on our webpage.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Matt,

    During the Public Inquiry held in 2006, the permanent closure of this slip road was approved by the Secretary of State. One of the main reasons for closing this junction, is that the old junctions at both Catterick North and Catterick South, were not in accordance with the safety standards required for a new motorway. The approved scheme includes the creation of a single junction to improve access to both the east and west sides of the A1. The provision of the new Catterick Junction, also ensures that there is clear segregation between local and through traffic.

    Whilst we appreciate that this may be a disappointment, we have maintained the slip road during the construction period for the benefit of local residents. Following the opening of the local access road and also the new Fort Bridge, we have now reached the stage, when this slip road can be closed off. Access to Brompton-on-Swale will now be available from either the new local access road from Scotch Corner or the new Catterick Junction.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Dear Jack,

    Thanks for your query. Morgan Sindall, who are the other main contractor involved in the joint venture to deliver the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme, have assured us that they have robust contingency plans in place. In the case of joint ventures, in the event of one party not being able to fulfil their commitments, there is a guarantee that the other company or companies jointly involved in the bids will step in and ensure the successful delivery of the work.

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi,

    Our scheme are aware that during the closures of the A1, there is a requirement for clear signage to be in place. On the northbound slip road we do have two signs that explain that both lanes should be used for the A66 West. Following this signage should prevent any incidents or near misses from occurring.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Iain MacDonald

    Can you let me know what happens where the A road running north from Catterick meets the new A1(M)? It looks like a junction, but between 52 (Catterick) and 53 (Scotch Corner)? I have attached an extract from OS Open Data highlighting it. Thank you! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd53f9a27482c770f78014fcdf52217c32e5a462eb167a7246452b53f43fb7af.png

    • CfLHighways_England

      Dear Mr MacDonald,

      We apologise for the delay in this response. Please be aware that all comments are moderated before they are published and as this page isn’t monitored 24/7 this may result in a short delay before your comment is visible on the forum.

      During the Public Inquiry held in 2006, the permanent closure of the Catterick North Junction was approved by the Secretary of State. One of the main reasons for closing this junction, is that it does not conform to the safety standards required for a new motorway.

      Whilst the bridge crossing the new A1 remains, access is now provided onto a new local access road running parallel with the A1 on the western side. The route of the new local access road uses sections of the old northbound carriageway.

      Further details can be found using the link to the scheme plans under the Project media files and documents section of the webpage. The scheme plan is then under ‘document’s and ‘project background’.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

      • Iain MacDonald

        Thank you, that’s perfect – not like the OS to have it wrong!

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Mr Waggett,

    Thank you for your queries relating to the section of works between Brompton-on-Swale and Barton Junction. Whilst works in this area are still progressing, we are committed to our programme as set out in previous press releases when we had explained that works would be on-going until March 2018.

    At the moment, we’re carrying out final and preparatory works ahead of us opening a further phase. At the earliest possible opportunity, we will ensure that dates are provided on the website and press releases are issued.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir

    We have recently been undertaking surfacing works on Fort Bridge, though our activities on the link road were affected by the recent weather.

    Surfacing works cannot be undertaken during colder temperatures. Our team are now re-programming this work to allow for completion in February. Until these works are complete, we will check and maintain the ‘ramp’ signs.

    On the project, we do use a number of ramp signs in areas where surfacing works still need to be completed. We would be grateful if you could confirm that our understanding that this is on the junction between the old Catterick Road and the new A6136 Link Road is correct.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Storeman69

      yes it is…driving towards Colburn there is NO Ramp sign…Anyone new to the area would be quite shaken by the gully…(it is not a ramp but a gully)

      • CW2Highways_England

        Hi Storeman69,

        For clarity, is it an actual gully you are referring to? i.e. the drains that run alongside the kerb?
        We have been working on the understanding that you are referring to a change in levels in the carriageway surface but your reference to a gully confuses matters slightly.
        We would be grateful if you could confirm.

        Much appreciated

        A1 Leeming to Barton team

        • Storeman69

          Sorry my description is not clear….its where the new road meets the old. As I have said before this it not a ramp ! as sign posted (when its not blown down) This is a shallow trench across the road that knocks hell out of your car. You should drive towards Colburn just after the newly opened road junction to Catterick Bridge. No matter how slow or quick you drive it must be doing damage to our cars. PLEASE FIX IT..Havent us Colburn/Catterick residents been through enough

  • David Taylor

    Why have you reduced the northbound carriageway from 3 to 2 lanes past junction 51. Surely this increases the likelihood of congestion & the increase of stop -start traffic as slow vehicles move to the middle lane to get past the junction.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi David

      In short, we haven’t.

      The lane drop arrangement at Junction 51 is the current layout. This was installed like this as part of the last motorway upgrade between Dishforth and Leeming. However, it was future proofed at this time so that the width required to provide three lanes is available.
      We haven’t changed that as part of this scheme as it would have resulted in a large amount of resurfacing to change the lane markings when there is still life left in the pavement.
      Our colleagues in Operations are aware of the need to change the lane markings when the road is resurfaced in the future.
      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

      ——– Original message ——–

      • David Taylor

        Thanks for your reply. I thought there appeared to be space for the 3rd lane, and think it’s a bit penny pinching not to include it now as it creates traffic issues which could be avoided.
        Sent from my iPad

  • Storeman69

    Driving south on the new M1 coming off at leeming bar. Why does this slip road just have one lane ?…it must be the busiest in the area due to lorries exiting the M1.
    Also joining the M1 from leeming to M1 north one lane again. This is a very busy lorry junction and 2 lanes is normally what M roads have ?…Even in Teeside the Parkway A19 south interchange has 2 lanes and that is an A road!..Did you run out of money?

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Storeman69,

      I presume you are talking about the A1(M) Junction 51 when you refer to the M1 at Leeming?
      Lane provision on the exit and entry slips is based on capacity requirements and the requirements here do not need additional lanes otherwise they would have been incorporated into the design. The calculations are based on future years and so take into account growth in traffic forecasts.
      Many thanks

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

      • Storeman69

        Indeed the dreaded junction 51 ! With respect sir this is a very busy lorry stop and taking this in to
        account you would expect 2 lanes either side of the junction. There is
        risk here, car drivers behind lorries joining the M! will be quickly
        trying to get into the middle lane to overtake hence slowing the flow of
        traffic behind and risking sudden braking of cars behind ?

  • Matthew Dawood Khaghani

    Catching up from Labour’s years of under investment.

  • Smerferlerf

    You closed the slip road to Brompton and put in a new road. Today with no warning you have closed the new road. I’m now late for work and had to do an extra 5 miles. Can you explain why there was no warning and tell me how long it’s going to be closed

    • CfLHighways_England

      Hi,

      We are sorry to hear you were late for work.

      It may be helpful to explain that during the Public Inquiry held in 2006, the permanent closure of the southbound slip road at the old Catterick North Junction was approved on safety grounds. Our scheme includes the creation of a single junction that improves access to both the east and west sides of the A1. In January this year, we reached the stage, when this slip road needed to be closed off with access to Brompton-on-Swale now being available from either the new local access road from Scotch Corner or the new Catterick Junction.

      Closing this slip road has also facilitated the construction works of a new roundabout at Gatherley Road. During the course of this week, we will be undertaking surfacing works on the roundabout and a diversion is required using the new Catterick Junction on the A1. It is our current aim to re-open this section of road overnight on Monday 19th February but this will depend on the programme over the course of the next week.

      Prior to the closure of this slip road, we used traffic management signage to advise of the closure and correspondence had been issued through our weekly traffic management bulletin. If you would like to be included in circulation of our traffic management updates, please do let us know as this has been a useful way of keeping a number of road users up to date with progress on the scheme.

      Just to update you, we are continuing to work on the roundabout at Gatherley Road.

      Weather this week has not been favourable and we require temperatures above 4-degrees to carry out the surfacing. Our programme for re-opening Catterick North has been affected but we hope to open by Friday next week.

      We apologise for any delay.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Pauline Rutter

    I see that there are going to be overnight closures on weekday nights. Will there be any closures on the evening of Saturday 3rd March at Scotch Corner? Thank you

    • CfLHighways_England

      Dear Pauline,

      Currently, we have closures of the A1 planned for the evening of 3rd March.

      As these are reviewed on a weekly basis, with a view to ensuring only the necessary road closures are used, with your permission, we would be happy to add you to our weekly distribution list of traffic management information. Please can you let us know if this would be helpful to you.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

      • Pauline Rutter

        Yes, this would be essential for that weekend. At the moment I am being picked up at Scotch Corner on the morning going southbound and due to be dropped back coming north at about 10pm so I will need to know. I may need to change all my arrangements if I can’t get back to Scotch Corner. Thank you

        • CfLHighways_England

          Dear Pauline,
          Thank you for the update on your journey times. Our public liaison officer will make direct contact with you by e-mail, and we will assist as and where we can.

          Kind Regards,

          A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Edward,

    We would like to thank you for your queries and comments relating to the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme opening dates.

    Whilst we appreciate that there has been a delay in opening the scheme to motorway standard, we have issued a series of press releases relating to the opening dates.

    In September 2017, we opened the first section of the scheme to traffic between Leeming and Catterick. At that stage, we explained using press releases and updates on our webpage that works would come to an end in early 2018. A further press release has been issued today explaining that on Monday 26 February the second phase between Scotch Corner and Barton will be open to traffic. Our focus will now be on completing the works on the embankment adjacent to Fort Bridge and up to Scotch Corner with a view to opening this final section of the new motorway by the end of March.

    We do appreciate your comments relating to both the budget and programme for this scheme and we can confirm that as a government company, Highways England are duty bound to protect public interest. With this in mind, Highways England will undertake a post opening evaluation to identify how the scheme has delivered on its original promises and will capture any lessons learned. We will use our findings from the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme to ensure optimum outputs for future projects.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

    • Edward Smith

      Thank you your response . Not sure why you focussed on repeated delay press releases? . Considering that public money was used for the road and the public were massively inconvenienced and financially hit by the project and the multiple delays. The views and experiences of local people and road users should most certainly be considered in the post opening evaluation with members of the public fully taking part in the review . And the report should be public and published . Please confirm arrangements dates and contacts regarding public participation in the post opening evaluation process . Thank you .

      • CfLHighways_England

        Dear Edward,

        The post opening evaluation will be carried out approximately 1 year and 5 years after scheme completion however at present the exact date cannot be confirmed.
        Please see this link which explains more about the post opening project evaluation of major schemes: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/post-opening-project-evaluation-pope-of-major-schemes.

        Kind Regards,

        A1 Leeming to Barton

        • Edward Smith

          Thank you for your response . A review at 1 year after opening is unacceptable . This project has had major issues which are of serious causes of concern including project management, resources, cost and the huge inconvenience and financial loss to local people and the travelling public A public enquiry should be held within a few months due to the very serious nature f the issues .

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear David,

    On Monday 26 February, we will open a four mile section between Scotch Corner and junction 56 Barton as a three-lane motorway. Our focus will then be on the completing the remainder of the project including works on the Scotch Corner interchange in March 2018.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear David,

    We are writing to thank you for your query relating to the junction numbering on the new section of motorway between Leeming and Barton Scheme. On completion and opening this section of the road to motorway standard, the junction numbering will be as follows:

    • Junction 51 (Leeming)
    • Junction 52 (Catterick)
    • Junction 53 (Scotch Corner)
    • Junction 56 (Barton)

    We can confirm that junctions 54 and 55 will be omitted from the sequencing to ensure continuity with junction numbering to the north and south of this scheme.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Alexa Armstrong

    Please could you advice if the a1 associated with these works will be shut South bound tomorrow (22nd february). I struggle to decipher the notes and if there are closures, what is the diversion? Thanks

    • CfLHighways_England

      Dear Alexa,

      From approximately 8pm on Thursday 22nd until 6am on Friday 23rd February 2018, the southbound carriageway will be closed between Junction 56 (Barton) and Scotch Corner. Once this closure is in place, traffic will be diverted from Barton Junction on to Silver Street and then past Barton Lorry Park and then turning right onto Kneeton Lane. Traffic will then continue using the new local access road, crossing from the east side of the A1 to the west side using the new bridge crossing and then continuing on towards Scotch Corner Junction.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi Gavin,

    Thanks for your comment relating to the Scotch Corner Junction. We apologise for the length of time that it has taken for us to provide you with a response. We can confirm however, that regular inspections of the junction are undertaken by our traffic management team and for some time, we have been aware of issues relating to lane discipline on the southern bridge.
    As traffic travels over the southern bridge, there have been a number of instances where drivers have been changing lanes at the point where traffic passes the turn-off for the A6108 Richmond Road. In order to facilitate works on the splitter island of the A6108 Richmond Road, we have implemented a chicane where traffic moves away from the working area. In accordance with traffic management guidance, we have used advanced signs to help with lane discipline and to advise of this chicane arrangement.
    We have received a number of reports of drivers changing lanes, and as a direct result we have increased the temporary road markings in this area. Our team can confirm however, that all necessary signage is in place and this should prevent this type of incident. Our outstanding works at Scotch Corner Junction include permanent road markings and the installation of traffic signals and our aim is to complete these activities by the end of March 2018. Until then, we will continue to monitor the situation in this area and undertake regular traffic management inspections.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi Michael,
    This week, we announced that the four mile section between Scotch Corner and Barton will be the second phase to open to motorway standard and this will take place on Monday 26th February 2018. Following this, our next major milestone will be the completion of works at Scotch Corner interchange and opening the final phase of motorway upgrade between junction 52 Catterick running over the River Swale to meet the motorway north of Catterick in March 2018.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Phil

    Thank you for your recent comment relating to the completion of Silver Street and the junction with Kneeton Lane (on the route from Junction 56 to Barton village). We accept that it is taking longer to complete works in this area than we would have originally hoped.

    We would like to explain that one of the main reasons why works around the Silver Street Junction have taken so long, is that this is a critical junction to completing the overall scheme. Keeping the junction open to traffic has actually been more critical to overall completion of the scheme but this means that the area looks like it has just been left as unfinished works. Recently, we have had an overnight closure of Silver Street between Barton Lorry Park and Kneeton Lane to allow us to undertake reconstruction works and raise the level of the road. Works had originally been placed to take place in January but had to be rescheduled due to weather conditions affecting the planned surfacing works.

    Our aim is to complete the works on the Silver Street Junction by March in accordance with works on the remaining sections of the scheme.

    Kind Regards,
    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Mike R

    Today Tuesday 6 Marchat 14:00 it took me 25 mins to go from Scotch corner to Catterick junction southbound on the new motorway. Reason the road is coned down to one lane near the Swale crossing. No sign of any personnel, plant or work going on. Why have you done this and how long will this last?
    Trying to be clever I returned later about 15:20 northbound using the parallel ‘non-motorway’ route and spent another 25 mins getting from near the Travelodge to the Scotch corner roundabout. Again the road is coned down to one lane. No sign of work or workers. How long will this one last please?

    • CfLHighways_England

      Dear Mike,

      We are sorry to hear that your journeys using the A1 were affected on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th March 2018.

      Following the recent extreme snowfall, and overnight rain, the levels of the River Swale had risen above the outlet for the motorway drainage. The levels of the river were leading to standing water on the carriageway. As a result of this unusual weather, we had reduced both the northbound and southbound carriageways down to one lane and this meant that there was queuing traffic through the area and this continued into the afternoon. It also meant that a lot of traffic was using the local access road as a route to avoid the area and this again was affecting journey times.

      Overall, we are in the final stages of completion, with opening dates for the new motorway being planned for the end of March 2018. However, this milestone has been put under significant pressure due to the extreme snowfall in recent weeks and we are currently reviewing the impacts of the prolonged winter weather.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Derek,

    Thank you for your comments on Wednesday 7th March, relating to the opening of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    Our next major milestone will be the completion of the Scotch Corner interchange works in addition to opening the final phase of the motorway upgrade. This upgrade being between junction 52 Catterick running over the River Swale to meet the motorway north of Catterick in March 2018. However, this milestone has been put under significant pressure due to the extreme snowfall in recent weeks and we are currently reviewing the impacts of the prolonged winter weather.

    Kind Regards,

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Dana

    Hiya,
    I will be traveling from Sedgefield to West Yorkshire tomorrow will there be diversion signs around the closed section of the A1M?
    Thanks.

    • CfLHighways_England

      Hi Dana,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      As part of the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme, we can confirm that an overnight closure of the A1 is required tomorrow between Scotch Corner and Junction 52 (Catterick). When we close the A1, we seek approval from the local highways authority on the routes that we use. It is an important part of these closures to ensure that all our signage is in place, and as clear to the travelling public as possible.

      Our current diversion route for these closures use the new local access road from Scotch Corner Junction, running parallel with the A1 on the west side. Once you reach the Catterick North bridge, the route will then cross over to the east side of the A1 before continuing through Brompton-on-Swale. Once you reach Catterick Bridge, you will then be diverted back over the A1 using the new Fort Bridge. Once you have crossed the A1, you will reach a T-Junction, where you will need to turn left and continue back towards Junction 52 (Catterick).

      Whilst our comments relate specifically to the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, should there be any other closures of the A1 on your route then appropriate diversion route signage should be in place.

      If you have any other issues or questions at any time then please don’t hesitate to contact the customer services team who are open 24/7 on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Mike R

    So are we to understand that the drainage design of your much delayed and very expensive motorway cannot take the a surge in the level of the river Swale without flooding the carriageway leading to closures? The melting of the recent snowfall was not such an exceptional event was it? This could potentially happen any winter or even after any heavy rainfall.

    • CfLHighways_England

      Hi Mike,

      Following these events on 6th March 2018, a full review is underway to determine the cause and any contributing factors. The drainage design requirements for motorways are set out in national guidance and will accommodate a certain intensity of rainfall. Unfortunately, not all events can be fully accommodated within the highway drainage. Understandably, until the review has concluded we are unable to speculate on the detail.

      Kind Regards,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Jan Coventry

    I live on Gatherley Road (A6136). Could you let me know when you will stop diverting the traffic from the A1 along this residential road? Every night we have to put up with the A1 traffic going past our houses and we are all completely fed up with it. Trying to sleep is a nightmare and the traffic does not keep to the 40 mph speed restriction making it noisier than ever. The local residents have put up with so much during this never ending up grade including noise, dust and diversions and we certainly intend to claim compensation when the work is completed as the noise is worse than when the work began.

    • CfLHighways_England

      Dear Jan

      Thank you for your comment on Thursday 15th March, relating to the current overnight diversions that are in place using Gatherley Road. These diversions are required to allow us to complete the final stages of opening the new A1(M), which we anticipate will be towards the end of March 2018. It should be noted , that once our scheme has been completed the route of the local access road from Scotch Corner will connect onto Catterick North Bridge and Gatherley Road. Should there be a requirement for future maintenance of this section or emergency closures, this route will be used for these purposes.

      One year following the opening of this final section of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, it may possible for the residents of Gatherley Road to register a Part 1 claim, if there has been a demonstrable loss of value to individual properties. We have provided a link below to the relevant section of our website, where you will find further information and guidance on this procedure:

      https://www.gov.uk/compensation-road-property-value/overview

      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Rob Snowden

    Not long to go now until all the work is finished. Yes I have moaned at you like Victor Meldrew and yes it has been a
    nightmare with traffic using our road as a rat run to avoid the longer
    official route via the A19 and yes it has dragged on and on (and on and on) – BUT – Well
    done to everybody for completing what is a cracking upgrade to an old and tired road, and let’s face it, job none of
    us would like to do – and particularly in this awful weather.

    • CfLHighways_England

      Hi Rob,

      Thank you very much for your kind words, we really appreciate comments like this!

      Kind Regards,
      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch, I would firstly like to apologise for the conflicting information and for not responding to you before you embarked on your journey.

    This page isn’t monitored 24/7 but we do have a dedicated customer service team who are available 24/7 to deal with these kind of queries and they can be reached on on 0300 123 5000.

    For clarification of anyone else reading this the Northbound and Southbound closures are full closures in both directions.

    Again I’m sorry for the inconvenience caused.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Jack Headley-North

    I see the BBC this morning (28/03/18) are stating the 50mph and lane restrictions will be in force over the Easter holidays.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43545358

    As Easter Sunday is the 1st of April, do I gather your March completion date is now history?

    Please tell us what is happening and not keep eveyone in the dark over this.

    Many thanks

    Jack Headley-North

    • CW2Highways_England

      Morning Jack,

      I am pleased to be able to confirm that last night we opened the final section of the A1(M). I’m sorry for any confusion caused with the details in the press release relating to bank holiday roadworks. Given the closeness of the Easter break to our planned opening we opted to include details on the press release in case we weren’t able to open the final section as planned.

      Many thanks

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Michael,

    I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the final section of the A1 upgrade was opened last night.

    Many thanks

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Northern Pasty

    The roadworks list above states:
    A1(M) northbound between J57 and J58 | Northbound | Road Works
    Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J57 and J60 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 21 March 2018 to 06:00 on 27 October 2018.

    I thought this project was almost finished, is the new date now 27 October 2018?

    • CW2Highways_England

      Good afternoon,

      Thanks for your query.

      Our scheme is now fully open to traffic along the A1(M) between junction 51 Leeming and junction 56 Barton.
      The scheme further north is some maintence being undertaken by our colleagues in the day to day operational side of Highways England. If you require any information about these works you can contact Area14@highwaysengland.co.uk.
      They are displayed on our website as part of the live feed from Traffic England which shows all roadworks nearby.
      Hope this helps,

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

      ——– Original message ——–

  • CfLHighways_England

    Dear Keith

    We apologise for the delay in responding to you however the DISQUS area of our site is only monitored during office hours. Whilst we did have a closure in place between Junction 52 (Catterick) and Scotch Corner, our closure times are 8pm to 6am. The actual times of closure, however, do depend on site conditions and volumes of traffic.
    If you find yourself needing instant information again then please call 0300 123 5000 quickly receive an answer to your question.

    Kind Regards
    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    We currently have approximately one more month of activities to complete, before an independent road safety audit is undertaken of the Scotch Corner Junction.

    Whilst it is not currently proposed that any further lane markings are added to the Scotch Corner southbound exit slip road, we would like to thank you for your comments and observations regarding the lane markings. Should a requirement for further lane markings be identified by the independent road safety audit then this will be implemented.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi,
    On the A6136, we still have to complete the connection between the old road and the new areas of surfacing. When travelling through this area, the transition from the old to new surfacing can be noticed. Once this is complete, all gullies within the newly constructed areas will also be at road level. We apologise that this is taking some time to address, the prolonged winter weather has affected previous dates for completing the surfacing works. These works have been re-programmed to take place in mid-April following the Easter period.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi Judith

    Our most recent target dates have been to complete the A1(M) by the end of March. Our focus is now on completing works at Scotch Corner interchange, Silver Street Junction and on the sections of local access road. It is our current target to open the interchange in early May.

    Kind Regards

    Liam Quirk
    Assistant Project Manager

  • Steven Gac

    Hi

    I am a regular user of the A1 and the Scotch Corner junction. I am at a complete loss at the lack of progress in completing these set of roadworks. The whole area is a mess with cones blocking of what appears to be whole sections of completed works, dodgy road-signing and a conspicuous absence of workmen. For example I travelled around it twice today and saw one man in a digger – period!!! I would suggest that if your stated aim is to complete the works by May 2018 you may have to increase the number of workmen on site!!!! Further I live in Brompton on Swale and it appears that the work on the Gatherley Road roundabout has been completely abandoned!!! Nobody seen working on that eyesore at all!!! What are they doing at the Brompton on Swale road bridge? There is a set of traffic lights and there appears to be work going on beside the bridge – this has been going on for weeks now – any comment on what they are doing and any progress??

    On the positive side the new A1 is fab and for that you and the team are to be congratulated.

    Regards

    Steven Gac

    • CfLHighways_England

      Hi Steven

      We are grateful for the comments that you have made with respect to Scotch Corner Junction. One of the main reasons why progress has been slow in this area, is that it is one of the most logistically challenging parts of the scheme. Our works are heavily constrained by the requirement to maintain a connection from the A1 on to the A66. During the daytime, we need to maintain a route around the roundabout for abnormal traffic, which restricts access for plant and also results in the fact that we cannot achieve a safe working distance from live traffic. It does also mean that many of our activities are undertaken at night with closures of sections of the roundabout in place, and daytime activities are kept to a minimum.

      Our current works at Scotch Corner include the completion of traffic signalling, safety barrier and permanent road signs. Prior to opening the interchange, there will also be the requirement for an independent safety review, which is currently being planned for early May. Following this review process, the temporary signs and lane closures will be removed and the full capacity of the interchange will be made available for the road users.

      Similarly, within the area around Brompton-on-Swale, we are currently programming for the permanent surfacing around the new Gatherley Road roundabout, which will take place over the course of the next 1 – 2 weeks. Once the surfacing works are complete, permanent road markings will be added and a similar independent safety audit will be undertaken. We are also undertaking reinstatement works around Station Road, which include car parking reinstatement works on behalf of one of the businesses, who have been subject to compulsory purchase of land. Our traffic lights in this area allow for safe access for plant and machinery, so that we can progress these works.

      Our team are grateful for your comments with respect to the new A1(M) and we trust that you will be patient with us during these final stages of completion.

      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Dave Graves

    Good evening. Wonder if this is still monitored.

    Firstly, well done on the A1(M), looking lovely, flowing well etc.

    Secondly, is anybody tasked to sort out the temporary feeling lane drop that takes place at Leeming, where the previously single scheme was split into two? Seems ridiculous to force all the lorries into a D2M stretch for a mile or so, only for the 3rd lane to reappear when the Bedale bypass joins. There isn’t that much traffic heading off to Wensleydale and Northallerton. If not, would you mind awfully if I trot out with a ladder and some paint and sort the sign out 😉 (obviously not going to do that!) I’ll charge 50k.

    • CfLHighways_England

      Hi Dave

      As you have noticed, when the northbound A1 crosses Junction 51 (Leeming) the motorway does reduce to 2-lanes and this was completed as part of the improvements between Dishforth and Leeming. It is only once the new northbound slip road re-joins the A1 that the route then continues as 3-lanes. One of the main reasons for this is that the traffic flows did not warrant a 3 lane motorway over this structure, as much of the traffic leaves for the surrounding area, travelling to Northallerton, Bedale and the wider region.

      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

      • John Dunwell

        There’s a lot of heavy traffic leave and rejoin the A1 at junction 51, it would appear as much because of the Coneygarth truck stop and Leeming Bar industrial estate as to join the A684 east or west. I would suggest the 2 lane section northbound actually makes it safer for all motorists when the slow moving wagons to leave/join the motorway.

  • CfLHighways_England

    Hi

    Apologies for the delay in responding. For your information the progress report on the website has been update to show that we are open for traffic.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Steve

    Hi

    I’ve seen it said these A1 roadworks are now complete. That’s great news. Simple question… Does it mean that the A1 will never be closed anymore in this are due to these roadworks?

    I have been avoiding my regular weekend trips from Durham to Manchester because of the weekend overnight road works that used to divert me up/down the A19 which was a very tedious detour.

    Thanks,
    Steve.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Morning Steve,

      Thanks for contacting us. Unfortunately we can’t say never as incidents on the network could mean that emergency closures need to be implemented. Similarly, if the network is damaged in any way we will need to return to fix the issue. However, we will not be regularly closing the motorway as we have done in the past. There are some snagging works being carried out but largely these are done under lane closures which typically means that one of two lanes would remain open.
      What you can do, if you travel a route regularly, is download the Highways England App. This allows you to log any routes you use regularly and you can programme it to alert you to any incidents or roadworks along that route.
      Hope this helps but if you need anything else feel free to contact us.
      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton team

  • Phil

    Please can you tell me why, despite there being no work taking place, and the A1 now being unrestricted, you have left the 30mph speed limit on the service road from Kirkby Fleetham to Catterick? This is now causing a problem as impatient motorsists overtake those trying to obey what is clearly an unnecessary restriction. Surely the people of Kirkby Fleetham have suffered enough inconvenience and lack of amenity with the junction previously having been blocked for so long ?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Phil

      We would like to thank you for your comment this morning, relating to the local access road through to and Catterick and I’m sorry for the inconvenience caused by the current speed limits.

      Our priority had been to ensure that the mainline of the A1 was opened to traffic, which we achieved on 29 March 2018. We are aware that there are a number of outstanding activities on the local access road to complete, prior to handing the route over to the local highway authority. Once the route has been handed back to the local authority temporary speed limits will be removed.

      Temporary speed limits are currently in place to facilitate verge works, fencing and a number of snagging items as well as inspections of the local access road.

      Our priority is now that these works are completed by the end of May but any opportunity we can take to expedite this will be taken to ensure that the road can be handed over to the local authority as soon as possible.

      Again, I’d like to apologise for the inconvenience at this time.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jack

    Firstly, we would like to thank you for your comments on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    Junction 51 was completed as part of the Dishforth to Leeming scheme, before we are able to open the road we are required to carry out safety audits to ensure we have adhered to motorway standards. The audits carried out demonstrated that the design and construction complied with motorway standards. As the audit did not require any amendments to the road or junctions there are no planned works at this time.

    Similar safety audits are to be undertaken on the Catterick Central Junction, and should the auditors deem that further lane markings are necessary, these will be applied.

    Thank you for contacting Highways England

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi Charlie,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme regarding the signage.

    As part of the scheme we prepared a signing strategy which looks at the new signs required and which existing signs need to be updated. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change every single sign as part of the upgrade scheme and a line is drawn typically 1 mile around the extent of the scheme.

    Signs further away than this will be updated either when the sign faces need replacing at the end of their lifespan, if they are damaged and require replacing or if there are changes to the network in the vicinity of these signs. Recent efforts have focussed on signs that were mandatory to be able to open the motorway but as part of our finishing works we will pick up any signs identified within the strategy and amend these.

    Again, I’d like you thank you for contacting us. If there is anything else we can do to help please let us know.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Neil W

    I am a cyclist, and twice in recent days have had problems at the temp traffic lights on Kneeton lane between Barton and Middleton Tyas. Setting off as lights turn green, but meeting oncoming traffic before reaching the other end of the restricted section. I also have received abuse from motorists coming towards me, this morning from a woman with children in her Range Rover

    • CWHighways_England

      Hi Neil,

      Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

      We are sorry to hear that you have experienced abuse from motorists. Our team will adjust the timing of the temporary traffic lights, allowing more time for
      cyclists to pass through the works area without facing on-coming traffic.

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us again if there any further issues.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Mackie

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write to us about the approach crossing Fort Bridge and leading up to the junction with the A6136 link road.

    It may be helpful to explain that the construction of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme has been through a Public Inquiry, with approval being granted by the Secretary of State. There has also been some extensive discussion with the local highway authority regarding the junction on the A6136, which leads down to the old Fort Bridge.

    In addition, some detailed traffic modelling is used during the design phase to influence the type of junction chosen in each location. Currently, there are no plans for further improvements to this junction and it has been deemed by all parties that the most appropriate solution is for a T-Junction and ghost island. There are also a series of required road safety audits, during both the design and construction phases and again on completion of new sections of carriageway.

    Should any recommendations be made by the independent parties involved in the road safety audits, there is a requirement to ensure that these are addressed.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Graham Jarrett

    Thank you for the superb work done with this latest A1 upgrade to motorway. I passed my test in 1974 and with coming from Leeds and meeting and marrying a Sandancer, I have travelled the A1 between Leeds and Newcastle many many times.
    For the last 32 years I have been up and down every week for work purposes so close to 1.5 million miles. It’s been truly fascinating watching the scenery change every week, as the old road disappeared, new sections appearing and all the time, two lanes kept open north and southbound. Flyovers bridges and mountains of earth moving and shaping the route, and now forming wonderful sculpted banks and hills. Millions of trees and bushes and flowers now blooming and even the new fencing look marvellous.
    What a difference from my first journeys back in the 70’s. I remember it being roundabout after roundabout slow and very windey. Even used to get stopped around Wetherby when the local farmer and his workers would step into the road with his hands up to stop the traffic so his cattle could cross the road! Imagine the carnage now.
    Please pass my thanks on to every worker, the journey is a pleasure and although I will be retiring in November and won’t make the journey as much, watching it evolve over the last few years has been truly fantastic.
    Thanks again,
    Graham.

    • CWHighways_England

      Hi Graham.

      We’re grateful for your feedback, and while this has been a challenging scheme, we’re pleased that you’re benefitting from our improvements. If when you’re passing, you wish to meet any of the team, we’d be happy to coordinate this. We’d then be able to discuss and share some of our achievements with you in more detail. We’ve shared your comment with our delivery partners Morgan Sindall, who would be grateful if you’d allow them to use it on their social media channels. We’ll email you directly to confirm this.

      Kind regards

      Chris

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ursula Collie

    Hello Highways England,
    I commute from Scorton to Durham for work. I used to join the motorway one stop south of Scotch Corner, which was easy. Now for reasons I don’t understand you have closed my junction both north and south. Instead of joining the motorway and carrying on my way, now I have to deal with three roundabouts, one of which is the signal controlled one at Scotch Corner which can be very slow at peak times, and a long stretch of 30mph side road. It adds 10 minutes to my day at both ends. I appreciate there is nothing to be done – I watched in dismay the old junction was dug up – but I don’t understand why it was deemed necessary to make my journey longer and more difficult! I don’t get much benefit out of the widening as I can’t now access the motorway. I can’t be the only one in this position!
    Thanks,
    Ursula Collie

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Ursula

      We would like to thank you for your comments, relating to the closure of the northbound exit slip road from Gatherley Road on to the A1. During the scheme, we were able to maintain a temporary connection using Catterick North bridge to assist with local traffic movements until the local access road was available for use.

      Our proposals for the closure of this slip road were approved as part of the Public Inquiry held in 2006. At that stage the proposals that were put forward for the permanent closure of this slip road was approved on both safety and accessibility grounds.

      Following these changes, there are now two routes available to Brompton-on-Swale using the new Junction 52 (Catterick) and also the local access road from Scotch Corner. Closing the temporary junction ensures clear segregation between local traffic and traffic heading to areas further to the east and west of the A1. An added factor is that this reduces volumes of traffic on Gatherley Road and creates a safer environment for local residents.

      We do appreciate that our current temporary traffic management is a cause of frustration as we are working to complete all outstanding activities on the local access road and around Scotch Corner.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Phil,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    Currently, we are working with the local highway authority to ensure that completion of the remaining sections of local access road are brought to a close and so that the routes can be handed over as a permanent asset. The inspections and audits that are being undertaken may reveal additional elements of work, which have not yet been identified.

    On Silver Street and Kneeton Lane, we are also working to ensure that the field accesses and fencing works that are required on behalf of land owners who have been affected by compulsory purchase can be completed.

    Whilst we do appreciate that the temporary 30-mph speed limits do cause some frustration, we do still need to ensure that any remaining works are completed in a safe manner. Our aim is to remove the speed limits over the course of the next 1 – 2 months.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Jonathan

    Could you please advise on the following please.
    1. Why is Scotch Corner not finished but the timeline shows it was complete in March.
    2. Why across the project does it seem that cones and signs and finishing works are just left for months on end.
    3. when will the project be complete and can you add this to the timeline.
    Thanks
    Jonathan

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Jonathan

      We would like to thank you for your comments relating to the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. On a scheme of this size and scale, it is not uncommon that there will be many snagging issues and matters that still need to be resolved following opening of the mainline for traffic, which we achieved on 29th March 2018.

      We are working to complete all our outstanding activities before the August bank-holiday period. Many of our snagging works are undertaken at night when there is less traffic on the network, and when there is less disruption to the road user. It is for this reason, that many cones and signs appear to be left out on the network. In each area, however, once works are completed and sections handed over to the appropriate maintaining authority, the traffic management can be removed.

      Our day time works at Scotch Corner, have now drawn to a close and permanent traffic signals have now been commissioned. The permanent lanes are also in use, although there is an occasional need for overnight lane closures to complete activities such as testing of the lighting levels and removal of temporary communication systems.

      Our aim is that all our works on the scheme will be drawn to a close by the August bank holiday period.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Sharon Griffiths

    I’ve loved watching the transformation of the roads – amazing! But after five years of coping with chaos,closures and confusion, so disappointing to find Scotch Corner roundabout is now more dangerous than ever.
    The problem is the new lights outside the hotel. Lane markings both say A1, with no differentiation for north or south. Although there’s an arrow for the right hand turn, at least twice a week I’ve nearly been rammed by someone in the left hand lane turning right – presumably to the A1South.
    I know you can’t legislate for idiots – but if the lanes were marked North, North/South – it might help a bit.
    The other problem is that there is so little queuing space for the new lights that you risk having your bum sliced off by traffic whizzing up the A66 westwards.
    I use Scotch Corner at least four times a day and I’m beginning to dread it…

    Thank you.
    Sharon

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Sharon

      Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme regarding Scotch Corner Roundabout. I am sorry to hear of your frustrations with the roundabout currently.

      Our design has been developed using detailed traffic modelling, with assessments carried out on traffic flows and this is reflected in our design for permanent road markings and the location of the traffic signals. At this point in time, it is not planned that further road markings or signs are added. In order for us to ensure the protection of the road user, there are a series of independent road safety audits that are required during both the design and construction periods. The independent safety reviews will continue one year and three years after opening.

      Similarly, whilst we have been undertaking the testing and commissioning of traffic signals, primary importance does need to be given to the safety of traffic on the interchange. Our road safety audits will also take into account the flow of traffic around the junction. Should any recommendations be made by the auditors, to change the road markings or the signals themselves, this will need to be taken into account.

      Thank you again for contacting us. If there is anything else we can help you with please email us or telephone our contact centre at 0300 123 5000 or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk

      Kind regards

      Chris

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Steven

    We would like to thank both you and Sharon for your recent comments on the new Scotch Corner Interchange and I would like to apologise for the delay in replying. For quicker responses please contact A1LeemingtoBarton@highwaysengland.co.uk as this is monitored daily.

    At the point of the roundabout, where the roads passes the Scotch Corner Hotel / A66 there are two lanes, which are both marked A1. It would be possible to use both lanes to continue north on the local access road towards Barton and also to join the A1. It should be noted that the left hand lane is also marked for the A605, which continues up towards Barton.

    During the design, and prior to installing the white lines, an independent road safety audit is undertaken of the design proposals. A further independent road safety audit is then carried out on completion of the works, with any comments made by the auditors then needing to be closed out. We have recently undertaken this and we are waiting for the outcome of the report. In all areas of the site, we have maintained these temporary speed limits until the road can then be handed over to NYCC.

    Kind regards

    Chris

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Glyn,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with the scheme and I would like to apologise for the delay in replying. For quicker responses please contact A1LeemingtoBarton@highwaysengland.co.uk as this is monitored daily.

    Our team were able to open the motorway to traffic on 29th March 2018. It was identified at that stage that there would need to be a period of time allowed for snagging and remedial works particularly around Scotch Corner interchange.

    Our lane closures around the junction are predominantly in place between the hours of 8pm and 6am, as this is at a time when there is less traffic on the road and less disruption is caused.

    Whilst our aim at that time was to fully open the interchange in late May, additional periods of snagging activity have been required, and we now anticipate that the works will be completed by the end of November.

    Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch. If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    Chris