We held a public consultation on the proposals for the scheme which finished on 23 December 2016.
At the consultation we presented a number of improvement options including overtaking lanes at Belford and Fenwick, and junction improvements at West Mains, Cheswick and Wooler. We received a large amount of feedback and we‚Äôve now carried out an independent road safety audit for this stretch of the A1. We're reviewing the feedback and the findings from the road safety audit to decide what next steps are required.
We'll analyse the consultation results to feed into the development of the designs. We'll then begin more detailed design work and plan on starting work on the improvements in 2018.
|2014||Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy|
|May 2016||Public exhibitions|
|November-December 2016||Have your say|
|2017/18||Review of feedback and development of detailed designs|
|2018||Start of work|
Why we need this scheme
The A1 in Northumberland is an important route between England and Scotland, especially for long distance travel along the eastern side of the country. The improvements north of Ellingham will provide opportunities to overtake slow moving vehicles through the use of overtaking lanes.
The improvements will look to improve the safety of the A1 north of Ellingham.
The scheme in detail
We propose to improve the A1 north of Ellingham by enhancing the performance and safety of this section of road. Our improvement programme includes enhancing the performance and safety of the A1 north of Ellingham, including overtaking opportunities, junction improvements and improved crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
Further detail about the proposals for the improvements can be found on our consultation page, which provides the plans presented at the recent consultation events.
The scheme aims to:
- improve safety
- improve journey times and journey time reliability
- enable economic growth in Northumberland
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