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

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Progress report

We assessed options for the A1 between Birtley and Coal House and asked for your views on these between 26 August 2016 and 7 October 2016.

The consultation is now closed. Thank you for your feedback, which we will take into account before we make a decision on the preferred route. In the meantime you can subscribe to email alerts about this scheme.

What next?

We expect to announce our preferred route in spring 2017.


Date Event
August to October 2016 Have your say
Spring/summer 2017 Preferred route announcement
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.


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 A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 May 2017 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194(M) and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am


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