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 following the installation of narrow lane running at the end of June, we will start to remove the existing central reservation barrier, which will be upgraded as part of the scheme. 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.

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 3 August
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 77
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J77 and 74
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closure between J74 and 77
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J77 and 79
Tuesday 4 August
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed J80 and 77
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J77 and 74
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed between J74 and 77
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J77 and 79
Wednesday 5 August
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 77
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J77 and 74
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J74 and 77
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J77 and 79
Thursday 6 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Friday 7 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Monday 10 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Tuesday 11 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Wednesday 12 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Thursday 13 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Friday 14 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Monday 17 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74
Tuesday 18 August
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J72 and 73
  • A1 northbound full carriageway closed between J73 and 77
  • A1 northbound lane 2 closed J77 and 79
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J80 and 79
  • A1 southbound full carriageway closed between J79 and 77
  • A1 southbound lane 2 closed between J77 and 74

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 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: August 8, 2020, 10:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from 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 8 August 2020 to 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A696 northbound between the junctions with the A1 and the B6918 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 August 2020 to 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with 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 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A69 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A69 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 4:00 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 7 August 2020 to 06:00 on 8 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 4:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 10 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 2:30 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 roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 03:30 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 03:30 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:30 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:30 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 7:11 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:23 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: August 3, 2020, 4:51 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 August 2020 to 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A696 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 1 August 2020 to 06:00 on 10 August 2020.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am

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