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

Highways England has been working on the initial designs for the upgrade to the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton following the scheme announcement we made in December 2017.

Since we held the public events in summer 2017 we have undertaken further work and assessments for the scheme. A summary of our findings to date is below:

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 will be converting this stretch of road to 3 narrower lanes, we have undertaken a series of assessments and a road safety audit, working alongside Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police. We will 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 once the scheme is completed. The EU objective is to reduce levels of Nitrogen Dioxide to below 40µg/m3.

Designated Funds

Designated Funds are a series of ring fenced funds designated to Highways England to address a range of issues beyond the traditional focus of road investment. We are currently looking at several proposals at the feasibility stage, we are still looking at if they are viable and value for money. At this point in time, we are unable to confirm if the work and funding will progress beyond this stage for these schemes. The proposals fall within Highway England’s commitments under the Delivery Plan 2015-2020 to improve the environment, which focuses on the following topic areas; noise, water, carbon landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage, benefitting 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 will be incorporating these options as we further develop the design.

What next?

To update you on the work and assessments we have been doing over the past year, we are holding six public engagement events in October 2018 to give you the opportunity to come along and see what we have found.

Please come along a see us at one of the following events in October 2018:

Thursday 25 October

9.30am – 1.30pm, McDonald’s Car Park, North Brunton, NE3 5HN

3pm – 7pm, Newcastle Great Park – Park and Ride, NE13 9NR

Friday 26 October

9.30am – 1.30pm, Tesco Extra Car Park, Brunton Lane, NE3 2FP

3pm – 7pm, Morrisons Cowgate Car Park, 200 Two Ball Lonnen, NE4 9SZ

Saturday 27 October

9.30am – 1.30pm, Morrisons Car Park, West Denton, NE5 2QZ

3pm – 7pm, B&Q Scotswood Car Park, NE15 6UU

In the next few months we will also be appointing a contractor to help us refine the detailed design in late 2018. In 2019 we will be undertaking 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
January 2019 Detailed design starts
March 2020 Start of Construction

Why we need this scheme

The scheme aligns with both local and national policy, which is focussed 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 supress 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 have considered:

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

Aims

From January 2019 we will 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 A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1058 and the A193 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:05 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A19 and the junction with the A197 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:04 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the A194M and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:04 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A193 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A193 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 southbound at the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound entry slip from the A194M . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The A194M northbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the junctions with the A1 and the B6918 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:55 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:56 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:53 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:55 pm
Location : The A696 southbound between the junctions with the B6918 and the A1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:51 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:55 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A68 west of Corbridge. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 04:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:30 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A68 east of Corbridge and the A6085 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 04:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:30 pm
Location : The A1M southbound at junction J63 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2018 to 05:30 on 23 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:12 pm
Location : The A1M southbound exit slip at junction J63 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2018 to 05:30 on 23 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:12 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J63 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2018 to 05:30 on 23 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:12 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 October 2018 to 05:30 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:12 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 October 2018 to 05:30 on 25 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:12 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 21 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 4 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 4:03 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 21 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 4 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 4:01 am
Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:51 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 30 November 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 10:58 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the A194M and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 18 October 2018 to 06:00 on 27 October 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 7:03 pm
Location : The A184 westbound between the junctions with the A19 and the A194M . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 4:10 pm
Location : The A184 westbound between the A19 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 4:10 pm
Location : The A184 westbound between the A19 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 4:10 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 15 October 2018 to 06:00 on 27 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:49 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:48 am
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 15 October 2018 to 06:00 on 27 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:46 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:44 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1068 and the junction with the A189 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:41 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1068 and the junction with the A189 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:41 am
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A1171 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:10 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A195 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:10 am
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:10 am
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:10 am
Location : The A194M northbound at the junction with the A1M . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:10 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:10 am
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2018 to 15:30 on 22 October 2018.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The A1M southbound at junction J63 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2018 to 15:30 on 22 October 2018.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2018 to 15:30 on 22 October 2018.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm

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