A1 Birtley to Coal HouseRecently updated

Proposals to improve the A1 at Birtley to Coal House and replace the Allerdene railway bridge.

Region:  North East
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

In autumn 2016, we presented our initial scheme proposals at a public consultation to get feedback and opinions on our proposals. This allowed members of the public and stakeholders to view the scheme layout, understand how it will benefit the area, as well as the reasons why we are carrying out the improvements. It was also a good opportunity for people to provide feedback on our proposals.

We presented two options at our public consultation. Both of the proposed options involved:

  • widening the existing road to provide a three lane carriageway
  • providing extra lanes between junctions to help manage traffic joining and leaving the A1
  • modifications to existing structures at junction 66 (Eighton Lodge) and junction 67 (Coal House) to accommodate the additional lanes
  • replacement of Allerdene Railway Bridge
  • We have now carefully considered various options for improving the A1 between Birtley and Coal House. Taking into account all feedback where appropriate, we have now selected Option 1a as our preferred route.

    Our assessments show that this option performs the best overall since it:

    • provides the greatest improvements for road users
    • significantly reduces congestion
    • provides the best value for money
    • will have less impact on our customers during construction

    What next?

    During the next stage of our project, our team will continue to develop a detailed design of our preferred route. We will hold a further consultation exercise in winter 2017 where we will seek to gather further feedback and suggestions.

    Timeline

    Date Event
    August to October 2016 Have your say
    Spring/summer 2017 Preferred route announcement
    Winter 2017 Public Consultation
    TBC Submit application to Planning Inspectorate
    TBC Scheme starts on site

Why we need this scheme

This section of the A1 suffers congestion, particularly during peak hours, which can result in unreliable journey times. Traffic is also expected to grow with new housing and employment developments planned for the area. Road improvements are needed to support this growth.

As part of the proposed scheme we plan to replace the Allerdene railway bridge, which carries the A1 over the East Coast Mainline. The current bridge was built nearly 40 years ago and requires regular maintenance that can cause disruption to traffic.

Aims

We’re designing this improvement scheme to deliver greater benefits for road users, local communities, and to support the region’s economy. Once completed it will:

  • reduce congestion by increasing capacity for road users
  • improve the reliability of peoples’ journeys and reduce delays by increasing capacity of the road network
  • make journeys safer by improving the standard and capacity of the road
  • help support economic growth by improving the road to the Newcastle and Tyneside area (Team Valley Employment Zone)
  • support the government’s initiative for growth in the North

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Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 2:40 am
Location : The A69 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A69 westbound between the A1 and the junction with the A6085 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J61 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 25 September 2017 to 27 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J62 and J61 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 25 September 2017 to 27 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 14 September 2017 to 06:00 on 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A194 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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