A1 Scotswood to North Brunton

Proposals to address congestion on the A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass.

Region:  North East
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £139 to £183 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

Site investigation works, road closures and diversion routes

Since April 2019 we’ve undertaken site investigation work to help us with the detailed design of the scheme. This includes geotechnical, drainage, topographical and environmental surveys.

Between May and July 2019, we’ve had to close parts of the A1 northbound at certain points to do the work. Full closures and diversions have now stopped. We’ll continue with overnight single lane closures on the A1 and some of its slip roads, on the southbound carriageway, until the end of August 2019.

If we need further lane closures or full road closures after August 2019, we’ll update this page and provide notification of these works two weeks in advance by the road side messaging.

To minimise disruption and delays to residents, businesses and people travelling in the area, we’ll:

  • Stagger the single lane closures to the A1 and/or slip roads.
  • Keep the single lane and slip road lane closures to a minimum and for as short a time as possible.

Roadside signs will advise of the start and completion date of the works and the extent covered; however, please see more details of closures in the planned roadworks section below.

A696 Woolsington – environmental designated funds scheme

Further to engagement events last held in October 2018 about five proposed designated funds schemes, the A696 Woolsington scheme has now been stopped. The decision to stop the scheme was by the project committee and designated funds decision panel based on the information below.

Throughout concept, feasibility and design phases we’ve taken advice from our environmental technical leads, the area maintenance lead and advisors to the designated funds decision panel. Working with them, we’ve explored various options over and above the original scheme proposals to try to increase the value for money and benefits from this scheme.

During the detailed design of the scheme, additional record information, physical investigations and water sampling show the contributing area to the four outfalls at A696 is less than determined during the feasibility study. Based on further investigations, current site conditions and running alternative options through the water risk assessment tool, the scheme has a low value for money and it's difficult to ascertain what benefit, if any, the scheme will have overall to the area.

Please note this has no impact on the major project A1 Scotswood to North Brunton which is still due to start construction in March 2020.

Notice of Determination

We published the Notice of Determination (NOD) for the scheme on 8 February 2019.

The notice informs people that we have determined this project is not subject to environmental impact assessment. This is in accordance with Part 105A of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended).

Our decision is based on the environmental assessments we have made. We summarised these findings in the information we provided at the October 2018 engagement events.

Timeline

Date Event
2014 Department for Transport feasibility report published
2014 Included in the Road Investment Strategy
May 2016 Public awareness exhibition
October 2016 Public awareness exhibition
April 2017 2016 Public awareness feedback report published
July to August 2017 Public engagement events
December 2017 Public engagement events report published
December 2017 Scheme announcement
October 2018 Public engagement events
Late 2018 Contractor appointed
Early 2019 Detailed design starts
April to December 2019 Surveys to inform detailed design
March 2020 Start of construction

Public engagement events - October 2018

We held a series of public engagement events in October 2018. We've now published a report on the use of an event van and non-traditional venues for non-statutory public engagement events. The report includes the attendance figures, frequently asked questions and lessons learnt:

Why we need this scheme

The scheme aligns with both local and national policy, which is focused on improving the economic performance of the region and improving accessibility to jobs and services whilst supporting additional development in the area. The scheme also supports developments included in the Local Plans of councils in the north east and the Newcastle City Council Core Strategy.

Population and economic growth requires additional housing and economic land to be developed and there are a number of specific development sites in the immediate vicinity of the route which will have a direct impact on traffic conditions. Without intervention the issues on this section will have a detrimental effect on the local economy and suppress the potential for regional economic growth.

In addition, the scheme will also provide wider economic impacts for business users and freight. These will result from the improvement in linkages between locations of economic importance in the region, such as Team Valley Employment Zone, Intu Metrocentre and Newcastle Airport

Without appropriate intervention to improve the performance of the A1 in this location, the problems would be expected to deteriorate further in the future as traffic levels increase.

The scheme in detail

Our chosen option for the scheme is widening to three narrower lanes, which will add an extra lane along a five mile stretch of the existing dual carriageway between junction 74 at Scotswood, just after the River Tyne, and junction 79 at North Brunton. This will be within the existing highway boundary and retain all existing bridges and structures. Our scheme announcement brochure details why this option has been selected.

In reaching the decision to progress with this option, we've considered:

  • value for money
  • impact on the environment
  • impact on the local community

Aims

From early 2019 we'll have a new contractor and will be working on the detailed design for this scheme that will:

  • support economic growth
  • provide a safe and serviceable network
  • help traffic flow more freely
  • improve the environment
  • provide an accessible and integrated road network

Project media files and documents

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 A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 August 2019 to 05:30 on 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 7:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:06 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A191 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:06 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A696 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 August 2019 to 06:00 on 30 August 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 August 2019 to 06:00 on 29 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 August 2019 to 06:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 August 2019 to 06:00 on 29 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 August 2019 to 06:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 20 August 2019 to 06:00 on 5 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A69 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A191 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 5 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm

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