A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme

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 recently consulted on the A1 in Northumberland, Morpeth to Felton scheme. This consultation took place from Monday 18 June until Sunday 29 July 2018.

Please visit the consultation page to find out more about the consultation.

What's next?

Now that the consultation has finished we will review all of the suggestions and comments made, and work towards finalising 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

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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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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

Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A697 and the A1068 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 December 2018 to 06:00 on 21 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A697 and the A1068 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 December 2018 to 06:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A197 and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 December 2018 to 05:30 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:40 am

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