We held a public consultation between November and December 2016. In September 2017 we made our preferred route announcement.
Weâ€™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.
|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 areaâ€™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 on the route of strategic national importance
- improve network resilience and journey time reliability
- improve safety
- maintain access for local traffic whilst improving conditions for strategic traffic
- facilitate future economic growth
- avoid, mitigate and compensate for potential impacts on the natural and built environment, and identify opportunities to provide a long-term a sustainable benefit to the environment
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