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

Following the October 2018 engagement events we'll publish the Notice of Determination (NOD) for the scheme on 8 February 2019 in the London Gazette and Newcastle Chronicle. The NOD enables us to inform people that following the environmental assessments that have been carried out, the project is not subject to environmental impact assessment in accordance with Part 105A of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended).

A summary of the findings of the environmental assessments is given below and is the same information that was provided during the October 2018 engagement events.

Traffic

We see that the scheme will relieve congestion in the area. If we don't make the proposed changes, by 2023 the congested areas will become worse and there will be no free-flowing areas remaining along this stretch of the A1. Adding an additional lane in each direction will provide much-needed capacity on this section of the A1.

Speed limit

As we'll be converting this stretch of road to three narrower lanes, we've undertaken a series of assessments and a road safety audit, working alongside Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police. We'll be reducing the speed limit from 70mph to 60mph due to the narrower lanes between junctions 74 and 78 and over Blaydon Bridge. The speed limit between junctions 78 and 79 will remain at 70mph as these lanes will be standard width.

Technology

The technology along the scheme has been reviewed and a decision based on requirements has been taken to retain, reposition or remove assets.

Noise

With the speed reduction and proposed use of low-noise surfacing, a beneficial reduction in noise level is predicted when the scheme is finished compared with the current situation.

Air quality

Air quality in the area will be improved overall and will be below the EU objective to reduce levels of Nitrogen Dioxide to below 40µg/m3 once the scheme is completed.

Designated Funds

Designated Funds are a series of ringfenced funds designated to Highways England to address a range of issues beyond the traditional focus of road investment. We've been granted funding to design some improvements using the environmental funds. If the ideas are viable and value for money, we'll look to implement them alongside the construction of the main scheme. The proposals fall within our commitments under the Delivery Plan 2015-20 to improve the environment, which focuses on the following areas: noise, water, carbon landscape, biodiversity, cultural heritage, benefiting the local community

Opportunities to address environmental issues with regard to water, biodiversity and cultural heritage are addressed by these proposals.

Birchfield Gardens

Following feedback from previous engagement events, further traffic modelling and assessment was undertaken to establish if any improvements could be made to the Birchfield Gardens slip road. The conclusion of this work is that it will stay open when the scheme is finished; this was communicated to residents in December 2017. Improvements will need to be made at this exit in order to improve safety. We'll incorporate these options as we develop the design.

What's next?

In the next few months our new contractors will join the team and we'll start the detailed design. During 2019 we'll also undertake further surveys, for example for drainage and geology, to further inform the design.

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
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 A194M southbound between the A195 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 29 April 2019 to 15:30 on 29 April 2019. Schedule : From 09:30 on 9 May 2019 to 15:30 on 9 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 2:31 pm
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 29 April 2019 to 15:30 on 29 April 2019. Schedule : From 09:30 on 9 May 2019 to 15:30 on 9 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 2:31 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A19 and the junction with the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 24 April 2019 to 06:00 on 15 June 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:53 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1290 and the junction with the A1018 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 May 2019 to 11 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 May 2019 to 18 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A194M . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 4 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 24 April 2019 to 06:00 on 16 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1290 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 April 2019 to 06:00 on 4 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A197 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A19 and the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 May 2019 to 06:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 27 April 2019 to 18:00 on 28 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A1231 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A692 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 27 April 2019 to 05:30 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 May 2019 to 06:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A167 Washington Birtley . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 May 2019 to 06:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A167 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A194 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 27 April 2019 to 18:00 on 28 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A167 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 05:30 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 April 2019 to 05:30 on 30 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1290 and the junction with the A1018 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 April 2019 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A167 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A68 east of Corbridge and the A6085 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 2 May 2019 to 16:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A68 east of Corbridge. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 29 April 2019 to 16:30 on 28 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A195 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:31 on 26 April 2019 to 15:30 on 9 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 May 2019 to 06:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1M southbound at junction J65 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 3 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A68 east of Corbridge. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 2 May 2019 to 16:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1068 and the A1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 08:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2019 to 09:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A68 west of Corbridge. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 May 2019 to 16:00 on 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1290 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm

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