A1 Scotswood to North Brunton

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

Region:  North East
Start date:  March 2020
Cost:  £139 to £183 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2022-23
Programme:  

Progress report

We are continuing to progress the scheme and will start to install narrow lane running. To achieve this we have a series of overnight (8pm to 6am) lane and carriageway closures. Whilst the closures are in operation clearly signed diversions will be in place.

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What's next?

The following road closures are scheduled to take place. Please note, these closures are subject to last minute change so please check the roadworks feed for real time information.

Monday 4 May

  • A1 northbound lane 1 between J73 and 76 closed
  • A1 southbound lane 1 between J77 and 76 closed
  • A1 southbound fully closed between J76 and 73
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip road closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip road closed

Tuesday 5 May

  • A1 northbound between J73 and 76 lane closures
  • A1 southbound between J77 and 76 lane closures
  • A1 southbound full closure between J76 and 73
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip closed

Wednesday 6 May

  • A1 northbound between J74 and 76 lane closures
  • A1 southbound between J77 and 76 lane closures
  • A1 southbound full closure between J76 and 73
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip closed

Thursday 7 May

  • A1 northbound between J74 and 76 lane closures
  • A1 southbound between J77 and 76 lane 1 closed
  • A1 southbound full closure between J76 and J73
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip closed

Monday 11 May

  • A1 southbound between J80 and J79 lane 2 closed
  • A1 southbound fully closed between J79 and 77 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 southbound J79 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J78 entry slip closed

Tuesday 12 May

  • A1 southbound between J80 and 79 lane 2 closed
  • A1 southbound fully closed between J79 and 77 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 southbound J79 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J78 entry slip closed

Wednesday 13 May

  • A1 southbound between J80 and 79 lane 2 closed
  • A1 southbound fully closed between J79 and J77 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 southbound J79 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J78 entry slip closed

Thursday 14 May

  • A1 southbound between J78 and 77 lane 2 closed
  • A1 southbound fully between J77 and 73 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 southbound J77 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip closed

Friday 15 May

  • A1 southbound between J78 and 77 lane 2 closed
  • A1 southbound fully closed between J77 and 73 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 southbound J77 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip closed

Monday 18 May

  • A1 southbound between J78 and J77 lane 2 closed
  • A1 southbound fully closed between J77 and 73 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 southbound J77 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J76 entry slip closed
  • A1 southbound J75 entry slip closed

Tuesday 19 May

  • A1 northbound between J72 and J73 lane 2 closed
  • A1 northbound fully closed between J73 and 77 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 northbound J74 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J75 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J76 entry slip closed

Wednesday 20 May

  • A1 northbound between J72 and 73 lane 2 closed
  • A1 northbound fully closed between J73 and 77 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 northbound J74 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J75 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J76 entry slip closed

Thursday 21 May

  • A1 northbound between J72 and 73 lane 2 closed
  • A1 northbound fully closed between J73 and 77 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 northbound J74 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J75 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J76 entry slip closed

Tuesday 26 May

  • A1 northbound between J75 and 77 lane 2 closed
  • A1 northbound fully closed between J77 and 79 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 northbound J77 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J78 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J79 entry slip closed

Wednesday 27 May

  • A1 northbound between J75 and 77 lane 2 closed
  • A1 northbound fully closed between J77 and 79 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 northbound J77 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J78 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J79 entry slip closed

Thursday 28 May

  • A1 northbound between J75 and 77 lane 2 closed
  • A1 northbound fully closed between J77 and 79 for narrow lanes installation
  • A1 northbound J77 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J78 entry slip closed
  • A1 northbound J79 entry slip closed

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 2019 to January 2020 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 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A694 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:48 on 11 May 2020 to 06:00 on 27 June 2020.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 4:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Name : A1 southbound access at a minor junction between A1056 and A696/A167 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:26 on 6 May 2020 to 06:00 on 6 August 2020.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 4:02 pm
Location : The A69 westbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the junctions with the A1 and the A6085 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 04:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 04:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the A1 and the junction with the A6085 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 10 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 June 2020 to 4 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:43 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:27 on 6 May 2020 to 06:00 on 13 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 3:33 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:23 on 13 May 2020 to 06:00 on 5 September 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:25 on 13 May 2020 to 06:00 on 5 September 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm

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