A1 Alnwick to Ellingham

Proposals to improve the A1 between Morpeth and Felton, and between Alnwick and Ellingham by providing additional road capacity and enabling greater access to and from Northumberland.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2019-20
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A1 in Northumberland

Progress report

We held a public consultation between November and December 2016. In September 2017 we made our preferred route announcement.

What's next?

We’re now consulting on the scheme. This follows on from our options consultation in 2016 and our selection of the preferred route.

The consultation is an opportunity to express your views on the design of the proposed scheme in advance of our application for a Development Consent Order (DCO). A DCO is a special type of planning application which is needed for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Following the DCO application submission, the Planning Inspectorate will hold a public examination before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide whether or not the project should go ahead.

Businesses, local authorities, public bodies, road users and the communities and neighbouring areas can play an important part in the development of the scheme design. Your feedback is essential to this consultation and will help us to improve the scheme before we start the planning process.

Find out how to take part in the consultation at our Citizen Space page.

You can also read our consultation brochure in the documents section of this page.


Date Event
2014 Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy
May 2016 Public exhibitions
November-December 2016 Have your say (public consultation)
2017 Preferred route announcement
2019 Further consultation and application for development consent
Late 2019 DCO submission
2021 Start of work
2023 Open for traffic

Why we need this scheme

The A1 is one of the longest roads in the country, connecting London and Edinburgh. The route currently consists of motorway and dual carriageways, with some sections of single carriageway between Morpeth and Ellingham.

In Northumberland, the A1 takes motorists through rural countryside and close to the coastline. This section of the A1 is used by a wide variety of people for many different reasons. This includes people travelling long-distance between Newcastle and Edinburgh for work, local traffic accessing rural areas and tourists who come to visit the coastline and the area’s many historic attractions.

The scheme in detail

The A1 Alnwick to Ellingham dualling upgrade involves widening the A1 to dual carriageway along the existing single carriageway road. There will be one new junction at South Charlton, connecting the A1, B6341 and B6347. Access will be provided for businesses and properties to the new junctions. Farm access and the bridleway/public right of way near Broxfield will be maintained via a bridge.


The scheme aims to:

  • improve journey times and journey time reliability
  • improve safety
  • enable economic growth in Northumberland
  • create a continuous dual carriageway standard from Newcastle to Ellingham

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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 junctions with the A1068 and the A1167 south of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 20 August 2019 to 18:00 on 23 August 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 8:44 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A1167 south of Berwick-Upon-Tweed and the A1068 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 20 August 2019 to 18:00 on 23 August 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 8:44 am


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