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

Since April 2019 we’ve undertaken site investigation work to help us with the detailed design of the scheme. This includes geotechnical, drainage, topographical and environmental surveys.

We're continuing to progress our detailed designs. To help with this we'll need to have a series of overnight closures on some sections of the A1 and some slip roads so that we can safely carry out site investigation work.

The closures will include:

  • Northbound carriageway from the exit slip road at junction 73 (Blaydon) to the entry slip road at junction 75 (Denton)
  • Southbound carriageway from the exit slip road at junction 75 (Denton) to the entry slip road at junction 73 (Blaydon)
  • Southbound carriageway from the exit slip road at junction 76 (Westerhope) to the entry slip road at junction 75
  • 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 78 to the entry slip road at junction 79 (Gosforth Park)
  • 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 76 to the entry slip road at junction 77 (Kenton Bar)
  • Southbound carriageway from the exit slip road at junction 77 (Kenton Bar) to the entry slip road at junction 76
  • Southbound carriageway from the exit slip road at junction 78 (Fawdon) to the entry slip road at junction 77
  • Southbound carriageway from the exit slip road at junction 79 (Gosforth Park) to the entry slip road at junction 78
  • Northbound and southbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 73, junction 74, junction 75, junction 76, junction 77, junction 78 and junction 79

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

  • stagger the single lane closures to the A1 and/or slip roads
  • keep the single lane and slip road lane closures to a minimum and for as short a time as possible

Roadside signs will advise of the start and completion date of the works and the extent covered; however, please see more details of closures in the planned roadworks section below.

There will only be closures between one set of junctions at any time.

Northbound

Junction 73 to 75

Junction 75 to 76

Junction 76 to 77

Junction 77 to 78

Junction 78 to 79

Southbound

Junction 75 to 73

Junction 76 to 75

Junction 77 to 76

Junction 78 to 77

Junction 79 to 78

Newcastle Great Park Wetland - environmental designated funds scheme

Following the engagement events we held in October 2018 about five proposed designated funds schemes, the Newcastle Great Park Wetland scheme has now been stopped. The decision to stop the scheme was approved by the project committee and designated funds decision panel.

We can’t continue this scheme because of significant issues with third party land ownership which mean we are unable to secure the land needed to provide the benefits we were hoping to achieve. Despite several extensions to the programme to try to make progress and much time and effort from all parties involved, we have had to accept that we can’t spend any more money on a scheme that won’t progress.

Please note this has no impact on the major project A1 Scotswood to North Brunton which is still due to start construction in March 2020.

A696 Woolsington – environmental designated funds scheme

Following the events we held in October 2018 about five proposed designated funds schemes, the A696 Woolsington scheme has now been stopped. The decision to stop the scheme was by the project committee and designated funds decision panel based on the information below.

Throughout concept, feasibility and design phases we’ve taken advice from our environmental technical leads, the area maintenance lead and advisors to the designated funds decision panel. Working with them, we’ve explored various options over and above the original scheme proposals to try to increase the value for money and benefits from this scheme.

Based on further investigations, current site conditions and running alternative options through the water risk assessment tool, the scheme has a low value for money and it's difficult to ascertain what benefit, if any, the scheme will have overall to the area.

Please note this has no impact on the major project A1 Scotswood to North Brunton which is still due to start construction in March 2020.

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.

What's next?

In the next few months our new contractors will be joining the team and we'll be starting the detailed design. During 2019 and early 2020 we'll also be undertaking further surveys, as listed above, 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
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 A69 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:30 on 13 December 2019 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 11:45 am
Location : The A696 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A696 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A696 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A696 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A696 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A69 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2019 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 9:22 pm
Location : The A696 southbound between the B6918 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:20 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2019 to 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:20 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2019 to 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:20 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2019 to 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:20 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:20 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2019 to 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:20 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 January 2020 to 06:00 on 18 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A1056 and the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:01 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 January 2020 to 17 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 9:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 December 2019 to 05:30 on 16 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 December 2019 to 05:30 on 16 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm

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