A1 Morpeth to Felton schemeRecently updated

The A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme will upgrade 8 miles of the A1 to a dual carriageway. This, in combination with the A1 Alnwick to Ellingham scheme will create a continuous, high quality dual carriageway from Newcastle to Ellingham.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2019/2020
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A1 in Northumberland

Progress report

We are currently consulting on the A1 in Northumberland, Morpeth to Felton scheme. This consultation will take place from Monday 18 June until Sunday 29 July 2018.

Please visit our consultation page to find documents which will guide you through the process. If you wish to, please also visit one of the consultation events being held during July (see details under community news below). When you are ready to have your say you can use the online feedback form to tell us what you think.

Have your say on our consultation page

The consultation will close at midnight on 29 July 2018.

What's next?

When the consultation has finished we’ll review all the suggestions and comments made, to finalise the design for the scheme.

We will set out a summary of the responses and describe how they have informed and influenced our proposals, in a consultation report. This will form part of our application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

A DCO is a special type of planning application, which is needed for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Following the submission of the DCO application, the Planning Inspectorate will hold a public examination before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport who will decide whether or not the project should go ahead.

We expect to make our DCO submission by early 2019 and providing it is approved, construction work will start by March 2020.

Timeline

Date Event
2014 Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy
May 2016 Public exhibitions
November-December 2016 Have your say (public consultation)
2017 Preferred route announcement
18 June to 29 July 2018 Public consultation
Early 2019 DCO submission
2019/2020 Start of works
2023 Open for traffic

Community news

To support the public consultation, a number of public exhibition events are being held during July. The dates and times of these are as follows:

Date Time Venue Address
Monday 2 July 2018 6pm to 8.30pm Tritlington C of E Aided First School Tritlington, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3DU
Tuesday 3 July 2018 2pm to 8pm Morpeth Town Hall Market Place, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1LZ
Wednesday 4 July 2018 2pm to 8pm Felton Village Hall Main Street, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9NH
Saturday 14 July 2018 10am to 4pm Morpeth Town Hall Market Place, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1LZ
Friday 20 July 2018 2pm to 8pm Longhorsley Village Hall Drummonds Close, Longhorsley, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 8UR
Saturday 21 July 2018 10am to 4pm Morpeth Town Hall Market Place, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1LZ

Why we need the scheme

The A1 is one of the longest roads in the country, connecting London and Edinburgh. The route currently consists of motorway and dual carriageways, with some sections of single carriageway between Morpeth and Ellingham.

In Northumberland, the A1 takes motorists through rural countryside and close to the coastline. This section of the A1 is used by a wide variety of people for many different reasons. This includes people travelling long-distance between Newcastle and Edinburgh for work, local traffic accessing rural areas and tourists who come to visit the coastline and the area’s many historic attractions.

Aims

By dualling the A1 between Morpeth and Felton we aim to:

  • improve safety for all users and improve journeys across the route
  • support economic growth in the area
  • provide a more consistent carriageway standard that aligns with the existing dualled sections of A1
  • improve and provide more consistent junction layouts and traffic signage along the route to make it easier for drivers
  • reduce the number of junctions and private accesses along this section of A1 to reduce traffic delay and improve safety
  • better accommodate the high number of heavy goods and agricultural vehicles that use this section of the A1

The scheme in detail

The A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme will upgrade the A1 to a dual carriageway. Starting at Warreners House (Northgate, Morpeth) and travelling in a northerly direction, the existing A1 carriageway will be widened up to Priests Bridge. From here, the new A1 alignment will shift west of its current position and continue in a northerly direction over Tindale Hill and Causey Park. At a point north of Burgham Park, the new A1 carriageway will re-join the existing A1. The A1 will then be widened to a dual carriageway to tie-in with the existing dual carriageway at Felton.

The old section of the A1 carriageway will be de-trunked (meaning that this section of road will be owned and maintained by Northumberland County Council) and become a local road. As well as upgrading the route to dual carriageway standard, we also propose a number of other improvements, including 3 new junctions with bridges over the A1 and the provision of access tracks.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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

Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2018, 7:20 pm
Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 28 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 June 2018 to 23:59 on 28 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 28 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 June 2018 to 23:59 on 28 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A696 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 28 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 June 2018 to 23:59 on 28 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A189 and the junction with the A1068 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2018 to 05:30 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 7:11 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1068 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2018 to 05:30 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 7:11 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A697 and the junction with the A1068 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 June 2018 to 05:30 on 23 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 15, 2018, 4:50 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A1068 and the A697 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 June 2018 to 05:30 on 23 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 15, 2018, 4:50 pm

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