We made the preferred route announcement in September 2017 and following that consulted on the proposed improvements for Morpeth to Felton in 2018 and Alnwick to Ellingham in 2019.
We had originally planned to submit two separate Development Consent Orders (DCOs) - a special type of planning application which is needed for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. One for the Morpeth to Felton section and one for the Alnwick to Ellingham section. This was because there was going to be a significant time difference between the construction of the two sections. Due to delays with our work on the Morpeth to Felton section, we have taken the opportunity to combine the DCOs and will now submit just one DCO application for the A1 Morpeth to Ellingham. We consulted on our proposals during April and May 2020.
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From the end of May 2020 until 26 June 2020, the start date for this project was incorrect. We apologise for this error, which has now been amended.
We are currently reviewing all the comments we received during the recent consultation. We are preparing to submit the DCO in June 2020.
|2014||Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy|
|May 2016||Public exhibitions|
|November-December 2016||Have your say (public consultation)|
|2017||Preferred route announcement|
|18 June to 29 July 2018||Public consultation for A1 Morpeth to Felton|
|25 February to 8 April 2019||Public consultation for A1 Alnwick to Ellingham|
|16 April to 21 May 2020||Public consultation for A1 Morpeth to Ellingham|
|June 2020||DCO submission|
Why we need this scheme
The A1 is one of the country's longest roads, 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 scheme will involve upgrading eight miles of the A1 to a dual carriageway between Morpeth and Felton, including construction of a new dual carriageway bypassing the existing A1 between Priests Bridge and Burgham Park. The old section of the A1 carriageway will be de-trunked and become a local road â€“ meaning this section of road will be owned and maintained by Northumberland County Council.
Between Alnwick and Ellingham a further five miles of the existing A1 will be upgraded to dual carriageway. This will be done along the existing single carriageway road.
As well as the dualling, we will also construct:
- Four new compact grade separated junctions at Highlaws, Fenrother, West Moor and Charlton Mires providing safe access onto and of the A1 as well as maintaining links to the local road network a new bridge where the A1 cross over the River Coquet parallel to the existing bridge
- a new accommodation bridge at Heckley Fence
As the route is one of strategic national importance our aims are to:
- improve network resilience and journey time reliability
- improve safety
- maintain access for local traffic whilst improving conditions for strategic traffic
- facilitate future economic growth
- work to prevent 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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