We will be installing traffic management to begin the roadworks on Monday, January 27.
This means that the following road closures will be in place:
- A69 eastbound between Acomb and Stagshaw, overnight from 8pm to 6am on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29
- A69 westbound between Stagshaw and Hexham west end, overnight from 8pm to 6am on Monday, January 27 and Thursday, January 30
Please note that these closures are subject to last minute change due to weather conditions. For live real time information, check the roadworks feed.
During these closures, and due to the layout of the Acomb junction where no right turn will be available, the traffic travelling west to Carlisle will travel via signed routes to Greenhead where they will rejoin the A69. Also during the closures, all eastbound traffic will rejoin the A69 at Acomb via signed diversions and travel eastbound up to Bridge End roundabout and into Hexham.
Traffic leaving Hexham to travel west will be diverted eastbound to Stagshaw, then up onto the diversion route to head west. The Hexham west junction will remain open.
Clearly signed diversions will be in place and local access to Hexham will be retained at all times.
We will set up the works area in the centre of the roundabout and start working on the construction of the turn-arounds and the mainline carriageway.
During this period the roundabout will remain open with some lane closures and speed restrictions on approach.
Two lanes will be used to approach the roundabout from Newcastle, with one lane dedicated to turning into Hexham and the other for turning right or through-traffic. There will also be two lanes approaching the roundabout from Carlisle towards Hexham, with one dedicated to turning right towards Hexham and the other for through-traffic.
We expect the turnarounds to be completed in summer 2020 when they will come into operation.
Once work on Bridge End is started we'll revisit plans for the Styford roundabout, presenting options we develop to the public for consultation.
Graphic showing new roundabout
|August/summer 2018||Public information events|
|September 2019||Information event/mailout to residents and businesses|
|October 2019||Start of main construction|
|End of March 2021||New A69 open to traffic|
Why we need this scheme
The A69 is an important route between Newcastle and Carlisle that helps connect Scotland and the Tyne and Wear. It provides an arterial link between the north east and north west of England that is heavily used by hauliers and commuters.
However, the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle is a particularly busy section, and there are often delays at peak travel times, particularly at the Bridge End and Styford roundabouts.
In recognition of the importance of this route, in 2016 we carried out the Northern Trans-Pennine Strategic Study which looked at how we could improve the A66 and A69, to increase trans-Pennine connectivity.
As a result of this study, in March 2017 we announced a ¬£220 million package of improvements as part of our congestion relief fund. This included two junction improvements along the A69, one at the A69/A6079 Bridge End roundabout and one at the A69/A68 Styford roundabout.
These improvements will:
- create 18 miles of free-flowing dual carriageway between Newcastle and Hexham
- reduce congestion at the junctions
- improve access from the A69 and into Hexham
- make journey times more reliable
- support economic growth within the North of England
The scheme in detail
We'll make improvements to the A69/A6079 Bridge End and the A69/A68 Styford roundabouts as part of our package of improvements to relieve congestion.
We plan to turn the current junctions, which are traditional roundabout arrangements into grade-separated junctions (you‚Äôll have to go up or down a slip road to leave the A69). This means that traffic travelling along the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle will no longer have to stop at these junctions, allowing motorists a free-flowing journey.
At Styford junction the A69 will be built over the roundabout. At Bridge End junction the A69 will go underneath the roundabout. Our proposals will incorporate new bridges as well as upgrading the existing roundabouts where required.
We‚Äôll build both junctions at the same time but will start work on the Bridge End junction slightly earlier so that we can minimise waste by using leftover materials to construct Styford.
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