A1 Scotswood to North BruntonRecently updated

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 will be taking forward plans to upgrade the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton following a number of public engagement events that we held in summer 2017, where we presented our options for improving the road.

Our chosen option, widening to three narrower lanes, 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, a summary of the consultation feedback and the next steps as we progress with the chosen option.

The full report on Public Engagement detailing the feedback from exhibitions held between 10 July and 4 August 2017 is now available. A Summary of the Public Information Exhibition Report is also available.

What next?

Since we held our public events in summer 2017 we have undertaken further ecology surveys to better understand the local habitats, including bat, badger and red squirrels. We have also been working on the consultation report which is now available below.

We will hold further Public Engagement Events in 2018 to share the latest information on the scheme. We will also be continuing to meet with key stakeholders to develop our proposals.

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
Autumn 2018 Public Engagement Events
March 2020 Start of Construction

Why we need this scheme

This section of the A1 currently experiences delays, journey time reliability issues and accident problems.

These are forecast to worsen in the future as a result of traffic growth from development sites in the region. These will have a direct impact on traffic conditions once they have been developed.

If we don’t act, the issues on this section of the A1 will get worse and have a negative impact on the growth of the local and regional economy.

The scheme in detail

We have explored two potential design options that would meet the aims we have for this scheme. We have considered:

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

The improvement options we assessed include:

  • standard widening: widening to 3 standard width lanes and replacing all existing structures – this option would require significant additional land
  • narrower lane widening: widening to 3 narrower lanes between junctions 74-78 and 3 standard lanes between junctions 78-79, within the existing highway boundary, retaining all existing structures.

We developed designs for both options but found standard widening to be unaffordable. We are therefore progressing with the narrower lanes option.

Aims

We are working on a 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 A194M southbound between the A195 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 16 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound entry slip from the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 16 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 16 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 16 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 16 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 16 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1 and the junction with the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 16 August 2018 to 16:00 on 18 August 2018.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A191 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 August 2018 to 06:00 on 17 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The A19 northbound entry slip from the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 August 2018 to 17 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 3:54 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A189 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:11 on 15 August 2018 to 06:00 on 17 August 2018.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A194M . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 August 2018 to 06:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 21 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 August 2018 to 04:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 August 2018 to 04:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 21 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A195 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 13 August 2018 to 16:00 on 16 August 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 13 August 2018 to 06:00 on 1 September 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound at the junction with the A1068 . 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 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A19 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 18 August 2018 to 19 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1171 and the junction with the A1 . 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 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 1 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm

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