We ran a consultation on the scheme from Monday 18 June until Sunday 29 July 2018.
Please visit the consultation page to find out more.
We'll review all of the suggestions and comments made through the consultation, and work towards finalising the design for the scheme.
We'll 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 DCO application submission, 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's approved construction work will start by March 2020.
|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|
Why we need the scheme
The A1 is one of the country's longest roads, 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‚Äôs many historic attractions.
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 three new junctions with bridges over the A1 and the provision of access tracks.
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