A1 Leeming to Barton improvementRecently updated

Works to upgrade the A1 Leeming to Barton by replacing the existing dual carriageway with a new three lane motorway.

Region:  North East
Start date:  March 2014
Cost:  £380.3 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  June 2017
Programme:  

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Progress report

Our work to upgrade the existing A1 between Leeming and Barton is now around 90% complete. The project is being carried out by contractors Carillion Morgan Sindall JV on our behalf. We have opened major sections of new carriageway, particularly in the area around Catterick and completed the structural works to most of the new bridges. We are beginning to focus our attention to the works which will convert the old A1 to a local access road, particularly around Catterick and also to the south of Scotch Corner.

What next?

Our scheme will be focussed on finishing off sections of the carriageway and looking to complete works to the local access road in 2017. We also have a number of finishing works to do to complete the new Fort bridge crossing the A1 at Catterick Racecourse. A key part of this scheme also includes accommodation works for adjacent landowners affected by the construction and there are there are a number of private access tracks and field entrances to complete.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2012 Chancellor of the Exchequer announces scheme
3 April 2014 Temporary traffic orders came into force
March 2014 Scheme start
Spring 2015 Local access road improvements
Spring 2014 to spring 2017 A1 improvements Catterick-Brompton earthworks
Summer 2014 to summer 2015 A1 improvements Leeming junction to Leases Lane northbound
Summer 2015 Local access road crossing at Lords Lane: new bridge construction
Winter 2015 Sowber Hill Farm: new accommodation bridge construction
Winter 2015 Construction of new Tunstall Bridge
Winter 2015 A6108 Richmond Road: new roundabout open
Summer 2016 Brompton North and Brompton South bridges: bridge replacement
Summer 2015 to spring 2016 A1 mainline improvements: Leeming junction to Leases Lane southbound
Summer 2015 to winter 2015/2016 Catterick North to Scotch Corner: local access road improvements
Autumn/winter 2015 New Catterick Central junction open
Autumn 2015 to winter 2016/2017 A6136 Fort Overbridge replacement
Autumn/winter 2015 Scotch Corner junction improvements
Spring 2016 Catterick South junction closure
Spring/summer 2016 Leases Lane to Catterick Central junction. New off line motorway section open
Autumn 2014 to Spring 2017 Scotch Corner to Barton A1 mainline improvements
June 2017 End of works

Why we need this scheme

The 12 mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Barton carries between 59,000 to 69,000 vehicles per day. It has poor alignment with many side road junctions, farms and field accesses. The accident rate is broadly in line with the national average for older dual carriageways, but the severity ratio is significantly higher. Incidents often lead to full closure of the route with lengthy diversions. This is the only section of non-motorway on the strategic M1/A1(M) route between London and Newcastle. The A1 Leeming to Barton upgrade will replace the existing dual carriageway with a new 3 lane motorway. We will provide a new local access road alongside the new motorway, improving safety for local traffic from the surrounding communities. Access to the motorway will be via a new grade separated junction at Catterick and an improved junction at Scotch Corner.

Aims

Our main aim is to improve safety and to improve journey time reliability between London and major urban centres in the north of England and Scotland.

Cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians

Coast to coast walk: diversion at Agricola Bridge (adjacent to the River Swale). An alternative route is available on the south side of the river Swale using the A6136 and crossing a temporary bridge over the A1. The closure order and diversion map can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Archaeology

An exhibition; Cataractonium: Unearthing Life in a Roman Town will run from Saturday 26 November 2016 until March 2017 at The Bowes Museum. The display will feature recent finds including a rare carved gemstone depicting Hercules and the Lion, coins, and two Roman objects which appear to be gold. However scientific analysis has proved they are actually ‘fakes’ and were in fact brass plated and bronze plated to appear gold and have been preserved remarkably well. The archaeological team of around 60 people have been working along the A1 for three years as part of our scheme to install an extra lane in each direction between Leeming and Barton. During that time archaeologists have uncovered more than 200,000 prehistoric and Roman artefacts and sieved more than 86 tonnes of sediment samples.    

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Planned roadworks

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The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. Location : The A1M southbound exit slip at junction J51 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 6:02 am
From Location : The A1 northbound between the A66 and the junction with the A66(M) . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. To Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J56 and J58 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 6:02 am
From Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J58 and J56 . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. To Location : The A1 southbound between the A68 and the junction with the A66 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 6:02 am
Period : from 16:28 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 3 August 2017. Location : The A1 southbound between the A68 and the junction with the A684 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The A66 westbound between the junctions with the A1 and the A67 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 25 February 2017 to 27 February 2017. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : from 16:26 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 3 August 2017. Location : The A1 northbound between the A6055 and the junction with the A66(M) . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 March 2017 to 23:59 on 1 March 2017. Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J51 and J50 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. Location : The A1M southbound at junction J56 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 April 2017. Location : The A66 eastbound between the junctions with the A67 and the A1 . Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : from 09:00 on 6 February 2017 to 17:00 on 31 March 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The A66 westbound between the junctions with the A1 and the A67 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 25 February 2017 to 27 February 2017. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am

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  • Rebecca Grundy

    you should let people know when the roundabout is going to be closed at scotch corner so we can go off at piercebridge because we live in the Dales and it puts an extra 20 mins on our journey ,
    4 times last week it was closed but no mention of a closure .
    please just put a sign before you go off to the roundabout !!

    • CWHighways_England

      Hi Rebecca,

      When advertising closures and signing diversion routes we need to
      balance the needs of the road users as well as the needs of local communities.
      As the roads through Piercebridge are not suitable for the type and volume of
      traffic that would want to use the motorway network we avoid installing any
      signs that would lead motorists to try and use this route. However,
      appreciating the situation you face, we are able to add you to our weekly
      traffic management email bulletin which provides details of the closures for
      the coming week (including those at Scotch Corner Interchange) so that you can
      plan your journeys accordingly.

      If you would like to be added to this please send your email address
      to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk and we
      will include you on this weekly update.

  • A

    Hi, I live in Leeming bar and when I was driving southbound the other night my junction was closed to come off, no prior warning, just a road closed…I then had to go on to the Ripon turn off adding 32 mins to my journey! Can you please inform us before we get to this junction of this closure? I have just rang to see if it will be open tonight, and no one knows yet, so I will have to now call later to find out!

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Afternoon,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. Firstly, I’m sorry that you were inconvenienced by our works. We did have closures of the exit slip road at Junction 51, each evening between 6th February and 10th February. Our closure times were 8pm until 6am and there were signs in place during the days before the closures giving advanced notification of the dates and times of these.

      We do provide a weekly traffic management e-mail to help people plan your journeys and if you would like to receive this please send a request with your email address to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • Sarah

    There is no point in phoning them they always tell you to phone back!!

    • CWHighways_England

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are always available to talk to our customers by phone and I’m sorry if you’ve been told to call back in the past, I’m not sure why this would have been the case. You can contact Highways England 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our Customer Contact Centre. The number is 0300 123 5000. They can assist with any urgent enquiries or direct any routine enquiries onto the A1 Leeming to Barton project team.

      Alternatively, if you wanted to speak to the project team direct you can contact our site team on 01677 932300.

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. Firstly, I’m sorry that you didn’t see any of the advance notices of the closure this weekend. Prior to closing the Catterick Central eastern roundabout and the southbound exit and entry slips we communicated the closure via a number of channels including a letter drop in public places in both Catterick Garrison and Catterick Village such as Tesco and the Co-op store, a national and local press release and email bulletins to all those who subscribe to our weekly update. The closure was also listed on Highways England’s journey planning website http://www.trafficengland.com as well as being picked up by a number of local district and parish councils who helped us spread the message further. In addition to all of this, we also installed hard signage at the roundabout in the days leading up to the closure.

    If there are any communication channels that we haven’t identified that would help us reach more of our customers please feel free to drop us a line and let us know. Additionally, if you would like to receive the weekly traffic management bulletin please send your email address to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Many thanks

  • J.Wright

    As a ex local visiting the church, I found the signage directing me from Catterick village back to the A1 south confusingly POOR.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Morning,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us. I’m sorry to hear that you experienced difficulties with our signage from Catterick to the A1 South. I’ve had a look at this and from the church on Low Green you would follow one road, the A6136 High Street/Leeming Lane, all the way to the A1 south so I’m not clear where on your journey back you are referring to. There is some work currently going on near Catterick Lane/Marne Barracks to reconfigure the layout if this is the area you found to be confusing? If you could confirm this I will ensure that our team reviews the area in question. Please feel free to either respond by this facility or by contacting us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind
      Regards

  • Jeff Atkinson

    When will the new access bridge be open that links Lords Lane on the West to Low Street on the East

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Afternoon Mr Atkinson,

      Thanks for getting us touch with us. Our current proposals are to use that section of local access road as a diversion route for two weekends in March when we demolish Catterick South bridge but it won’t be fully open to the public for a few months yet. We don’t yet have an exact date as there are still a number of things that need to happen, such as safety audits, before we can do this. Sorry that we can’t fully answer your question at this point in time.

      Kind Regards