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

Over the last few months we have carried out further detailed site surveys. These have helped us with the detailed design of the scheme and means we can ensure that our work starts in March.

What's next?

From 2 March, we will be carrying out vegetation clearance along the A1, between junction 79 and junction 77 for around four weeks. This work will take place overnight Monday to Saturday 8pm to 6am. We’re removing the vegetation so that we can widen the road and install signs where required. To do this safely we need to close some lanes on the A1 between junction 77 (Kingston Park) and junction 79 (North Brunton).

We will work hard to complete the work as quickly as possible and keep noise and disruption to a minimum. If you do experience any disruption caused by our work, please contact the 24-hour Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

We will hold public information exhibitions in the near future, where you will be able to find out more about this scheme. We’ll publish details of these events on this page.

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 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:43 on 11 February 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 26 January 2020 to 06:00 on 6 April 2020.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:08 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:27 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A69 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:24 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A191 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:24 am
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:24 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:24 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 30 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 April 2020 to 11 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 April 2020 to 15 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:22 am
Location : The A1 southbound 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 30 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 April 2020 to 11 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 April 2020 to 15 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:22 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 30 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 April 2020 to 11 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 April 2020 to 15 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:22 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:20 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:20 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:20 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:18 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 March 2020 to 06:00 on 28 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 4:58 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A696 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:15 on 25 March 2020 to 06:00 on 15 April 2020.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the junctions with the A1 and the A6085 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 10 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 17 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:08 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 10 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 17 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:08 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 05:30 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:42 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 March 2020 to 06:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:38 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 March 2020 to 06:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:38 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:38 am
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 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:38 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 5 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 5 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:01 on 29 January 2020 to 06:00 on 6 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 5 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A69 and the junction with the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 5 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A69 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2020 to 5 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am

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