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

To help us with the detailed design of the scheme, we will be doing some site investigation work. This will include geotechnical, drainage, topographical and environmental surveys.

We expect the work to start in April 2019 and finish in December 2019.

To do this work safely, we will need to access some private land. Where this is necessary, we will be writing to landowners individually to request access.

We will also need to close parts of the A1 and its slip roads at certain dates and times during the work. We expect closures will start in May 2019 and last for up to seven months. Closures will take place overnight.

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

  • stagger closures over the months
  • keep closures to a minimum and for as short a time as possible

We will give people advanced warning by signposting each junction closure two weeks in advance. You will also be able to see details of closures in the planned roadworks section below.

During closures we will operate clearly signed diversion routes, which we have agreed with Newcastle City, Gateshead and North Tyneside Councils.

A1 closures and diversions

Northbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed at junction 73, junction 74, junction 75, junction 76, junction 77, junction 78, junction 79 and junction 80.

Northbound carriageway from the exit slip road at Junction 73 (Blaydon) to the entry slip road at Junction 75 (Denton).

Northbound carriageway from the exit slip road at Junction 75 to the entry slip road at Junction 76 (Westerhope)

Northbound carriageway from the exit slip road at Junction 76 to the entry slip road at Junction 77 (Kenton Bar)

Northbound carriageway from the exit slip road at Junction 77 to the entry slip road at Junction 78 (Fawdon)

Northbound carriageway from the exit slip road at Junction 78 to the entry slip road at Junction 79 (North Brunton)

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 A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:45 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A193 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:12 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A1058 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:15 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:03 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 6:01 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 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 8 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 3:02 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 3:02 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:53 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 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:53 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 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:53 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A189 and the junction with the A186 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A191 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:30 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to 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 24 June 2019 to 27 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 July 2019 to 11 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 7 August 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A167 Washington Birtley . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 02:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 02:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A694 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 06:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 02:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A194M . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 02:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:30 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1M . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:30 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 02:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 02:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 2 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 9 June 2019 to 06:00 on 2 August 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 July 2019 to 06:00 on 1 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A19 and the junction with the A197 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 05:30 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 02:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 4 August 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm

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