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

We have 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 to see 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, 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 will be incorporating these options as we further develop the design.

What's next?

In the next few months we will 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 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 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 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 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:30 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:30 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:30 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 29 March 2019.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:26 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 29 March 2019.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:26 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 southbound at the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 06:00 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 06:00 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 15 December 2018.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
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 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 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 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 12:01 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 December 2018 to 06:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 19 December 2018.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A19 and the junction with the A197 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:31 am
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 13 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:30 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A184 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 06:00 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 3:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 3:30 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 roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 05:30 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 2:50 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 05:30 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:20 on 27 November 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 05:30 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am

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