A1 Leeming to Barton improvementRecently updated

Works to upgrade the A1 Leeming to Barton by replacing the existing dual carriageway with a new 3 lane motorway.

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

Progress report

The first phase of upgrading the A1 to motorway standard between Leeming and Barton is due for completion and will open to traffic on Friday 22 September.

The southern section between junction 51 at Leeming and junction 52 at Catterick will become a three-lane motorway and the current speed restrictions will be lifted. Drivers will benefit from the extra capacity and improved road information to help keep traffic flowing smoothly on the six mile section between Leeming and Catterick.

By opening this section ahead of the remaining length we are able to release the benefits of the scheme to our road users as well as reducing the remaining length of roadworks.

What next?

Over the autumn period our focus will concentrate on the remainder of the project including completing the local access road between Scotch Corner and Brompton-on-Swale and opening the new Fort Bridge. This will lead us to our next major milestones which will be the opening of the motorway between Scotch Corner interchange and junction 56 Barton and Catterick junction to Scotch Corner in winter 2017/18.

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 end 2017 A6136 Fort Overbridge replacement
Autumn/winter 2015 to end 2017 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 end 2017 Scotch Corner to Barton A1 mainline improvements
End 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 4 April until September 2017 at Bedale Museum. The display will feature recent finds including those from Bedale’s oldest building, a 6000 year old structure at Little Holtby.

Recent excavations have also led to the unearthing of a major Roman settlement at Scotch Corner that pre-dates settlements in York and Carlisle by 10 years. This tells us that the Romans had a major presence and even possibly began their territorial expansion into northern England a decade earlier than previously thought.

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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Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A66 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A66 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A6136 south of Catterick and the A6136 north of Catterick. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:30 from 26 September 2017 to 28 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M southbound at junction J51 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 15 September 2017 to 06:00 on 17 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A6136 south of Catterick and the A6136 north of Catterick. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 14 September 2017 to 06:00 on 15 February 2018.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A68 and the A66 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J51 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 15 February 2018.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A68 and the junction with the A6136 south of Catterick. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 15 September 2017 to 06:00 on 17 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:30 from 26 September 2017 to 28 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J51 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 15 February 2018.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J51 . Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:30 from 26 September 2017 to 28 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J58 and J56 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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  • LPHighways_England

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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

  • Susan Miller

    Why on earth can’t you update the closure notices. Last night (22 February) coming from Darlington and trying to get home to Swaledale there were 2 signs that said the Scotch Corner exit would be closed on 15/16 February (way out of date), yet nothing which gave notice that it would be closed on that night. Coming home at midnight in the rain it wasn’t at all clear what the diversion was and several cars ended up in the middle of the roadworks totally unsure where to go. It was possible to come off at Scotch Corner but since you couldn’t turn right onto either the A66 or the Richmond Road you simply had to get back on the Al and hope you could get off further south.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Afternoon Susan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are very sorry to hear about your frustrating journey. On the evening of 22nd February, our team were undertaking works on the southern bridge of the Scotch Corner Junction. It would have been possible to leave the A1, as local access is maintained. All other traffic would have been diverted south to Catterick North Junction before returning on the A1.

      We thank you for the comments that you have made relating to the dates on the signs, unfortunately, there are occasions when weather conditions can have an impact on our traffic management signage and we will definitely pass your comments on to our contractors traffic management team.

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

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Mr Wriglesworth,

    We are really sorry to hear about your frustrating journey and we would like to let you know that we do take the safety of our travelling public very seriously.

    On the evening of the 22nd of February, it would have been possible to leave the A1 as access to the services and local villages was being maintained. Our team were working on the southern bridge on Scotch Corner Junction and our diversion routes would have taken you south to Catterick North Junction, before returning on the northbound A1. From that point, it would have been possible to continue your journey from Scotch Corner to Richmond.

    Unfortunately, there are occasions when weather conditions can have an impact on our traffic management signage and on the position of cones. We do update our date
    boards on a weekly basis and the spacing of the cones is checked when setting out our traffic management.

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

    Kind regards

  • Bryn Roberts

    PLEASE! If you’re going to close Scotch Corner roundabout to Richmond-bound traffic, try posting something on your electronic boards BEFORE the Barton turning! Once again I found myself having to travel back via Brompton on Swale. With sufficient early notice there are alternative routes available, but not when you’re passing through the traffic lights at the top of the southbound slip road. It shows an appalling lack of consideration for local residents (who suffer from being an approved diversion route).

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Roberts,

      Thank you for getting in touch and we would like to apologise for your frustrating journey.

      It is appreciated that there are other local roads available that are open to the public, however, we do not advise of these alternatives as they are unsuitable for the volumes of traffic that would be using the A66. Our approved diversion route does take traffic south on the A1 to Brompton-on-Swale (Catterick North Junction) and then returns, as we are looking to keep disruption to a minimum. Our intention is always to consider the volumes of traffic that may be passing through residential communities. In addition to any signs that are used on the network, we have developed a weekly traffic management bulletin that is issued to a number of our customers, please e-mail a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to the distribution.

      Kind Regards

      • Bryn Roberts

        Thank you for your reply; for clarity I was not asking for local routes to be signposted – merely for the fact that Scotch Corner roundabout was closed to be publicised sufficiently in advance of the Barton junction that I could make my own mind up about a local diversion. I will, however, sign up for your update emails, to ensure I receive advance warning of future closures.

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning,

    As this is an issue relating to Sat Nav we would have to advise you to contact the manufacturer, unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to advise where the Sat Nav company obtains there camera/traffic information from.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon,

    At the present time there are no plans for a third lane being added between Barton and Gateshead. We are currently working under the Road Investment Strategy (RIS) which covers works up to 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy

    A new Road Investment Strategy will be launched in 2020, RIS2, proposals for this are still in the very early stages of being drawn up so nothing is as yet concrete. More information on this is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/road-investment-strategy-post-2020-planning-ahead

    Kind regards

  • Mrs McWattie

    Please could you tell me if you have any planned closures on the a1/scotch corner for Sunday morning 5th March, as we have a 500 mile journey & a ferry to catch we’d like to be able to make appropriate adjustments to our journey times if there is a diversion in place. Thank you.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      We would just like to apologise for not being able to respond to you before your journey on Sunday. This page is only monitored during normal office hours between Monday and Friday. However, journey planning information is available 24/7 from http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind Regards

  • Ian Fraser

    Hi. On the A1 upgrades there is now a significant 6-8 Mile stretch where the works appear to be complete south of Catterick. Will this be opening up prior to completion of the work around scotch corner and catterick. There seems no reason to hold it back and keep the 50mph restrictions.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good Morning Mr Fraser,

      Thanks for contacting us. Although the section of the A1 from Leeming to Catterick Central (the new junction) appears to be largely complete there are still works to do including the installation, testing and commissioning of the motorwaycommunications such as emergency telephones and overhead signing before we can open the road as a motorway. We also need to carry out safety audits prior to use as a motorway and these audits can only be done once all the works are completed.

      We will install some signs along this length of road to explain that there are still works ongoing and we are currently looking at when we will be able to open this section.

      Many thanks

  • Pam

    Can you tell me the closure details of the north bound slip road to Barton please.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Pam,

      The Northbound slip road was to be closed on Wednesday 1st March while the reconstruction of the new motorway slip road takes place. It is expected this will take 6 weeks until approximately 14th April.

      During the closure of the slip road, all motorway traffic will be diverted North to A1(M) Junction 57, onto the A66(M), around the Stapleton Roundabout and returning South on the A1. Non-motorway traffic may leave the A1 at Scotch Corner and continue north to Barton Junction using the new local access road, Kneeton Lane and Silver Street.

      For further updates we have a weekly traffic management bulletin, please e-mail a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to the distribution.

      Kind Regards

  • Jonathan Wilkinson

    Will it be possible to get onto the A66 westbound at Scotch Corner this coming Friday evening?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      I can confirm that there are no planned closures at Scotch Corner this Friday so you will be able to get onto the A66 Westbound.

      For further updates on the A1 leeming to Barton Scheme, we have a weekly traffic management bulletin, please e-mail a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to the distribution. Alternatively, all general journey planning information can be found on our website, http://www.trafficengland.com

      Kind Regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Ian,

    Thank you for getting in touch. As part of the upgrading works that are being carried out on the scheme we will be providing new motorway signage and this will include a sign to direct traffic to Piercebridge and Melsonby using the B6275. During the works, some of the signs have been removed and temporary yellow signage is used. Junction numbering will be used on the new signs and Barton Junction will be number 56.

    If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme on email address a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind Regards

  • Chris

    Wondering if the a1 southbound from scotch corner will be closed over night on may the 18th , thanks. Chris

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch, unfortunately planned closures are not available that far in advance. However we do run a weekly traffic management bulletin e-mail which will advise of planned roadworks in the scheme as they are arranged. If you would like to be included on these updates please e-mail a1leemingtonbarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      • Chris

        Cheers

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Susan,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Once we have demolished the old bridge south of Catterick Village, we will be providing a
    link between Leeming Lane and the new Tunstall Bridge. This link will use a short section of the local access road and will provide direct access. Please contact our site team via email a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk and they would be happy to help with any further details you require.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Simpson,

    Thank you for getting in touch. At this time our programme does show a full closure between Leeming Junction and Scotch Corner on Friday 31st March. Diversions for strategic through traffic will be in place via the A168, A19 and A689 to Sedgefield.

    We do have a weekly traffic management e-mail which will keep you informed of any planned closures which do arise, if you would like to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind Regards

  • Klaus Fuchs

    Are you able to provide any dates for when motorway restrictions will apply to this section?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Klaus,

      Thanks for getting in touch. One of our current focal points on the scheme is the creation of a local access road that provides routes suitable for non-motorway traffic. It is only when our works on the local access road are complete that we will be able to apply motorway restrictions on this section of the A1. Our dates for implementing these restrictions are subject to progress.

      If you require any further information regarding our scheme progress, please contact us on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Regards

  • John Bunting

    I will be travelling from Penrith on the A66 this Friday 17th March arriving at Scotch Corner at approx. 11.30am, will I be able to get onto the A1M Southbound?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Bunting,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We have no planned closures at that time so you will be able to get onto the A1M Southbound travelling from the A66.

      We do have a weekly traffic management e-mail which will keep you informed of any planned closures which do arise, if you would like to receive this please send
      an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind Regards

  • Graham Hutchinson

    I have been travelling this section of the A1 every day (Barton to Leeming) for over three years and have witnessed the hard work and progress of the Contractors on a daily basis. It does appear that the majority of the 13 mile improvement works is completed, yet restrictions still apply, are you able to advise when the 50mph restrictions will be lifted
    Kind Regards
    Graham

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Mr Hutchinson,

      Thank you for getting in touch and for your acknowledgement of the hard work taking place on the scheme. The works are progressing towards completion and one of the
      pivotal jobs at this time is the creation of a local access road that will provides routes suitable for the non-motorway traffic.

      There are also additional works such as the installation and testing of communication systems and overhead gantries before the road can be opened as a motorway. Safety audits do also need to be carried out and these can only be done once all works are finished.

      Once these works are concluded we will be able to apply standard motorway restrictions on this section of the A1, the dates for this are still subject to progress.

      If you need any more information regarding scheme progress please e-mail a1leemingtonbarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning Mr Crawford,

    Please could you give more details of your route to work for us to provide an appropriate response?

    We do provide a weekly e-mail update of upcoming closure dates and roadwork’s, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning Mr Crawford,

    The diversions in place for the demolition of the old bridge are scheduled to take place over two consecutive weekends:
    Friday 17th March 8pm until Monday 20th March 6am
    Friday 24th March 8pm until Monday 27 March 6am

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Sandra,

    Thank you for your query. The Catterick South Bridge was subjected to overnight closures during the weekend to allow for the preparation of a link from Leeming Lane to the new Tunstall Bridge. A similar closure will be required this weekend, as we will be undertaking the demolition works. Our works are being undertaken over two weekends, to ensure that there is less disruption to the public.

    We do send out a weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Please be aware that the our scheme inbox and this DISQUS message board are only monitored during office hours Monday to Friday. Journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind regards

    • Sandra Hodgetts

      Our journeys over the weekend were not at night, they were during the day.

      Is there a map available to view so that I can see the intended completed local access routes please?

      • CWHighways_England

        I apologise for the incorrect information, the closures were Friday from 8pm until Monday at 6am.

        We will ensure that a map is e-mailed across to you.

        Kind regards

  • Andy Sharp

    Could you please tell me why the junction of low lane and the new service road remains closed even though traffic is now using the service road from Leaming Bar to Marne Barracks at Catterick village.
    This closure has added some 15-20 minutes to my daily commute for the last 2 years.
    Andrew Sharp

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Andrew,

      Firstly, we would like to apologise for any disruption that you may have experienced during our works on the A1. We have been working hard to keep this to a minimum but closing side roads, and construction of new sections of road does take some time. We are grateful for all the support that has been shown by the local communities to date.

      Currently, we are between two consecutive weekends of work to demolish the existing Catterick South Bridge adjacent to Marne Barracks. As this affects the connection between Catterick, the A1 and places such as Hackforth and Tunstall, we have used the local access road as a diversion route.

      The local access road has remained open between these two weekends and will then close, to allow us to complete all our outstanding works and undertake a full snagging process. Only when all our works are complete, will we be able to open the junction to and from Low Street and allow all traffic to use the local access
      road.

      We would like to thank you for being patient with us during the construction period. If you do have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will help where possible.

      Kind Regards

  • Gaz Wright

    The new road from Leeming services to Marne barrack is set at 30mph when it seems completed and the past few days I’ve gone up and down it there has been no workforce. It also marked as an average speed when there is no cameras. It’s an accident waiting to happen. 2 artic lorries overtook me on it today. This is a fairly long road and quiet frustrating when you have to drive it 4 times a day. Can the average speed signs be removed as it’s causing confusion and at least put up to 50mph???

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon,

      Currently, the new local access road is being used as a diversion route for local traffic until our works to demolish Catterick South Bridge are fully completed. It should be noted, however, that whilst the new local access road is safe to use as a diversion route it has not been formally opened to the public. The local access road will then close again for a period of time to allow us to complete outstanding works before reopening to the public.

      As there are a number of outstanding works, including permanent surfacing and landscaping, we are operating under temporary speed limits. It will only be when we have completed all our works that we will be able to remove all temporary traffic management and any restrictions. It should be noted that there may be mobile speed cameras in operation through all temporary areas of our site.

      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Cat,

    We have no closures of the mainline of the A1 planned for these dates but there are local closures required around Catterick Village. These local closures will begin on Friday 24th at 8pm and continue until Monday the 27th March at 6am, this is due to the scheduled demolition of Catterick South Bridge.

    We do send out a weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk
    and we can send you a copy of the planned diversions.

    Journey planning information is also available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind regards

  • ian witty

    How do you get from catterick garrison to catterick village now?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      Currently, we are using the local access road and the A1 as a temporary diversion. It is however, possible to drive south on the A1 and leave at the temporary junction adjacent to the new Tunstall Bridge. It is then possible to continue to the western end of Leeming Lane.

      Please be aware that this page is only monitored during office hours Monday to Friday. Journey planning information is also available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind regards

  • Carla

    I will be travelling south on the A1 from Durham to Leeming Bar late tonight, between 10-12pm. Will there be any night closures I need to be aware of before I travel this journey? Thanks

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Carla,

      We do have an overnight closure from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning. Diversions are in place via the A689, A19 and A168.

      A weekly newsletter is sent out detailing upcoming closures and roadworks, if you would like to be added to the distribution list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

  • John

    Hi a1 looks great are they any planned road closures for the 26th may as be travelling to scotland on the Saturday 27th and want to leave at scotch corner A66 around 6 oclock for my breakfast bap be there abouts many thanks john

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning John,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We don’t currently have details available for closures that far in advance, we can add you to our weekly e-mail update which will provide
      you with details of planned closures as they are available, to receive this please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Alternatively, journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning,

    Over the past two weekends, our team have been undertaking demolition works around the old Catterick South Bridge. It has not been safe to allow traffic to pass through this area due to the close proximity to site activities. Our signed diversion route has taken traffic south on the A1 to Leeming Junction, before returning on the local access road.

    We would apologise for any disruption caused but we can confirm that these works are now complete.

    Kind regards

  • Pam

    What are the road closures between scotch corner A1 and Leeming 31st March to 7th
    April

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Pam,

      For confirmation, the scheme has overnight closures planned from 8pm until 6am on the evenings of 3rd April to 7th April 2017.

      Kind Regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning Joanne,

    Thank you for getting in touch. During the demolition works, we had agreed to use the local access road as a diversion route. It has now closed to allow us to complete all outstanding surfacing works, verges and field accesses. Only when all these works are complete, will we be able to open to traffic.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Audrey,

    Our team are working to make sure that the A6108 Richmond Road is maintained as a route between Scotch Corner and Richmond. Managing live traffic through this area, as well as the requirement for access to businesses means that a longer phase is needed for construction. Some complex phasing of works is required to allow us to maintain access and it is expected that works will be completed in this area towards the end of the project.

    Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Karen,

    We are sorry to hear of the stress that has been caused, our teams do make sure that appropriate signage is placed out on the approaches to the A1. We have also developed a traffic management cascade advising of the dates of our closures. Please email a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you would like to be added to our traffic updates.
    Kind regards

  • Peter

    Hi,

    On the Highways England page above it says the A6136 Fort Bridge was going to be closed for replacement from Autumn 2015 to winter 2016/2017. Well, it’s now Spring 2017 and Fort Bridge is still closed. Have you a date when it will reopen please? Why has it been delayed?

    Also, when is the local access road between Catterick North Overbridge and the Travelodge/Little Chef going to open?

    Many thanks

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. When we demolished Fort Bridge we envisaged that it would take around 18 months to widen the motorway underneath and rebuild the
      new bridge including moving the services from the temporary bridge. This was already a complex area of work and we encountered some further difficulties as we have encountered more archaeology than was anticipated which has put pressure on the programme in this area. We are currently reviewing the remaining works that need to be completed and apologise that we are not yet able to give you a specific date when this link will reopen.

      Works to the local access road between Catterick North and Scotch Corner Interchange should be completed by the end of May however there are still works on Catterick North bridge which will need to be completed before the route can be opened. I’m sorry that we aren’t able to give definite dates at this stage.
      Kind regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Emsen,

    There were issues with our website update which was published on Friday and I apologise if this inconvenienced you, this has now been corrected. The Archaeology section was updated to give details of an exhibition at Bedale museum which has just opened and will run until September. We also took the opportunity to update the Progress section now that Catterick South overbridge has been demolished and the link road to the new bridge installed.

    With regards to Fort Bridge, when the bridge was taken down in November 2015 we advised that it would take us around 18 months to widen the motorway underneath and rebuild the new bridge including moving the services (water, electric etc.) back from the temporary bridge. This was always a complex part of the scheme and we had some further difficulties as we have encountered more archaeology than was anticipated which has put pressure on the programme in this area. We are currently reviewing the remaining works that need to be completed and apologise that we are not yet able to give you a specific date when this link will reopen.

    I appreciate the point you raise around completing the local access road before the A1. However, much of the local access road uses the old A1 carriageway
    which meant that we needed to build the new A1 first so that we could move traffic onto this to open up the old A1 for us to work on. This meant that some of the local access road construction could not start until the later stages of the project.

    Our team do continually review the traffic management that is required to safely complete the scheme whilst maintaining the safety of road users and look to remove any surplus traffic management that is no longer required. Many of the diversion routes we use are needed on repeated occasions and that does mean that our signs need to remain on the network. However, fi there any areas that you feel require particular attention please let us know and I will ask our team to review the area.

    Kind regards

  • Rodger Bramham

    I travelled north late last night and was appalled and frustrated by the pathetic signage showing the A1 diversion route.
    Many times I was at a loss to know if I was heading in the right direction due to lack of signage. The end result of all the cross country meandering was I was unable to pick up my son from Newcastle airport.
    The very infrequent signs showed a triangle with either a square, circle or cross in them. What does that mean? In one area all three symbols were displayed within a hundred yards of each other!
    Why not sign the obvious….’ A1 north diversion’
    An absolute shambles.
    Never, ever been on such a badly signed diversion
    Please sort it out

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Bramham,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      We are sorry to hear about the frustrating journey that you have had when travelling north on the A1.

      At Junction 49 of the A1, we have signs to direct traffic on to the diversion for “A1 North” and then on to our diversion routes that uses the A168 / A19 and A689. Our signs are repeated at agreed points on the diversion route.

      When we close the A1, however, we do need to maintain local access to places such as Leeming and Bedale. We use symbols on our signs to distinguish between the diversion route for through traffic and the routes for local destinations.

      If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our site team on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      • Sandra Foster

        I’m sorry but I completely agree with Mr Bramham, I have just spent 3 and a half hours travelling a journey that takes 1 hour and 40 mins between Leeds and Appleby. The diversion signs were absolutely APPAULING for someone not familiar with the environment and as a new ish driver felt highly aggrieved by the standard of signage, and also the fact you say there are no closures of the A1 this weekend 7th April in your above messages when tonight it was clearly closed for what is a massive section. I understand that improvements need to take place but your signage is substandard (also agree – I was trying to follow squares, diamonds, crosses and was vvvvvv confusing).

        • CW2Highways_England

          Morning Sandra, Thanks for your feedback. The use of symbols on diversion signing is the national standard for signing diversions and is detailed in the Highway Code. I will however ask our team to review the signing to ensure that it is all in place as it should be. Were there any particular parts of the route that you found to be difficult? With regards to the closure on the 7th, I can only apologise that when asked about ‘weekend’ closures we presumed that this referred to Saturday and Sunday. We will clarify this in future if asked again.

        • Alan Graham

          Have to agree. Despite what Highways say, the signage throughout this delayed project has been poor from the start and not up to the standard when the Ripon section was done properly 7 years ago. The contractors must take the blame for this.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Green,

    Thank you for contacting us about Fort Bridge.

    The bridge was originally taken down in November 2015 and we advised that it would take us around 18 months to widen the motorway underneath and rebuild the new bridge including moving the services (water, electric etc.) back from the temporary bridge. This was a complex part of the scheme and we had some further complications as we have discovered more archaeology than was originally predicted which has put pressure on the programme in this area.

    We are currently reviewing the remaining works that need to be completed and apologise that we are not yet able to give you a specific date when this link will reopen.

    If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

  • Sandra and Colin

    We want you to know exactly what you are doing to us. We own a Guest House in Richmond and ourselves and our guests are having to endure the nightly onslaught of ridiculously huge, heavy lorries rumbling past all night long. We have spent the last eleven years creating a high quality experience for our guests and could now all be ruined because of the constant disturbance from the diverted traffic.
    We are getting thirty to forty lorries every hour all night – well over 240 lorries a night -along with a constant stream of cars and vans on what is normally a virtually silent road overnight. We have to put up with noise of the lorries breaking as they come down the hill ,and straining to get up the hill. We have to endure the noise of the refrigeration units and the vibration through the house. These roads are not designed for lorries of this size. They can barely get round the bend by our property.
    These are residential streets. How can this volume of traffic be considered acceptable?
    The grass verge is rutted by tyres and already tonight we have seen cars having to go up on the pavement to avoid the lorries, and lorries crossing right over onto the other side of the road to get round the bend.
    We are suffering total stress because of these diversions. We have to work incredibly long hours and apart from the tiredness of being kept awake all night by the noise we are living in fear of our business being ruined by online reviews left by guests who have had their experience ruined. Bad reviews will stay with us forever and affect our standing on online booking sites way after these roadworks have finished. We cannot understand why all lanes have to be closed for such long periods. Why can’t some lanes be kept open or a contraflow be set up?
    We do not want the stock answer of how sorry you are for the inconvenience. We want to see some action to give some consideration to everyone who has to endure this ridiculous nightly onslaught. Just imagine how you would feel if you went away on holiday and every night was ruined by articulated lorry after articulated lorry all night. There must be other ways of dealing with this volume of traffic. Perhaps someone should be here in Richmond to see exactly what we are being put through.

    • CWHighways_England

      We are sorry to hear about the frustrations you are experiencing with heavy traffic passing your B&B at night . Please be assured that we do not divert traffic from the A1 through Richmond. However, we understand that opportune motorists do seek to find alternative routes that are often shorter and more direct than our diversion route which needs to be suitable for all traffic. We also need to sign a diversion route for local traffic travelling between adjacent communities and this adds some conspicuousness to the route through Richmond that cannot be avoided.

      We do work closely with colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council in an effort to reduce disruption to neighbouring communities when the A1 is closed overnight. We also work closely with North Yorkshire Police who attend a regular meeting at our site offices to discuss traffic management and any issues that arise. We have also written to hauliers and to the Freight Transport Association (a professional body for drivers) highlighting the disturbance to local communities caused and to ask for their co-operation in ensuring that HGV drivers stay on the signed diversion route provided by us rather than rat-running through adjacent towns and villages.

      We still have outstanding works and testing to complete the new motorway communications systems (which includes the overhead signing and emergency telephone systems) between Leeming & Barton and until these works are complete, it will not be safe for us to open these new sections of motorway. Therefore, whilst they may appear to be fully operational lanes, they are not yet complete. Once we have completed all our works and it is safe to do so, we will remove the temporary speed limits and any surplus traffic management.

      Also, our lane closures ensure that there is a safe access and working area for the workforce to carry out the commissioning and testing in these areas.

      On completion of the project the new local access road that we building as part our scheme will act as the diversion route when there are planned or emergency
      works on the motorway in the future. This will provide a more direct alternative route removing the need for motorists to seek to cut through Richmond.

      I hope that our response assures you that we take situations like this very seriously however, if you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards

  • Andrew

    Are there any planned road closures this weekend between Scotch Corner and Leeming, cannot see anything on this page, so hope not
    Regards

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Andrew,

      Thank you for getting in touch. There are no closures planned this weekend between Scotch Corner and Leeming.

      If you would like to be included on our weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

  • Simon March

    Hi! Was travelling southbound on the A1 from Newcastle to Nottingham a couple of weeks ago and encountered a night closure at Scotch Corner. This Saturday I will be making the same journey. Are there any planned night closures for 08/04/17 along the A1 southbound. To be honest the signage wasn’t great for someone not from the area.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Good morning Simon,
      The closure last week should have just taken you up and over Scotch Corner interchange and immediately back onto the A1.
      There no planned closures this weekend.
      Kind Regards

      • Simon March

        Thanks for the response. I remember leaving the A1 and then immediately rejoining however, not much further into my journey the road was closed again. I must have gotten two sets of roadworks confused

  • Di Melbourne

    Are there any northbound closures this weekend on the A1 Thanks & best wishes

    • CW2Highways_England

      Good morning Di,

      Thank you for getting in touch. There are no closures planned this weekend on the A1.

      If you would like to be included on our weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      • Sandra Foster

        A1 clearly shut this evening between junction 49 onwards.

        • CW2Highways_England

          Morning Sandra,
          As we noted below, when asked about ‘weekend’ closures we presumed that this referred to Saturday and Sunday when there were no closures. I can only apologise if you were inconvenienced by the works on Friday. We will ensure we clarify this in future.

  • Di Melbourne

    Hi are there any northbound closures tonight on the A1 thanks

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Rob,
    Unfortunately, the road you refer to (A167) is under the control of North Yorkshire County Council. We did discuss, amongst other measures, the possibility of temporary HGV restrictions with them but this was not supported due to a need for HGV access to Northallerton. As this road is not under the control of Highways England we are unable to install measures such as these without the support of the Local Highway Authority.
    I know that you have been in regular contact with our Public Liaison Officer and I am sorry that we have not been able to assist you further. if you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact us on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Lindsay,

    There is a closure between junction 56 Barton and Scotch Corner with a partial closure of Scotch Corner roundabout but nothing south of Scotch Corner on the mainline. This page is not monitored 24/7 and so for future journey planning information please visit http://www.trafficengland.co.uk where the latest information can be found.

    All of our diversion signs are installed to national standards and are regularly checked to ensure the signs remain in place and give the correct information. However, if you feel there are areas that require attention please let me know and I will ask our team to review this.

  • CW2Highways_England

    Morning Martin,

    We apologise for not being able to respond to this sooner. Unfortunately, this page is not monitored 24/7. If you require journey planning advice the latest information can be found at http://www.trafficengland.co.uk.

  • CW2Highways_England

    Afternoon Rob,

    We made an announcement on Friday that the project would now be completed at the end of this year. We didn’t announce a delay of 6 months or that scheme would continue into 2018. The announcement was made via the media and issued to MPs as well as local Councillors. We are also currently updating this website to reflect the change. The delays are as a result of both archaeological finds discovered along the route which will prove historically significant for future generations and power cables and utilities in the area. These combined factors mean that the scheme will now be completed by the end of the year. However, we do expect to open the southern section of the scheme, between Leeming and Catterick Central, in late summer which both releases the benefit to the road user and reduces the length of the remaining roadworks.

  • Bob Wright

    Why was there / is there no active notification of A 1 ( or A 1M) closure at the approach to the M66 roundabout, west of Darlington ( the actual start of the M66 ) ? It is always a total inconvenience leaving Darlington to head south, usually in the late evening, via the M66, only to find the road works have closed the A1 / A1M at Barton or Scotch corner and a diversion is in place taking me back past my starting point. By closing the M66 and diverting traffic back onto the A 66 round Darlington would be a far more useful to all affected
    Regards
    Bob

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Bob,

      When we close the A1 we place signage prior to the A66(M), at Blackwell roundabout, advising of the closure of the A1. These are black on yellow signs that advise that the A1 closed. This allows motorists to take an alternative route before entering the A66(M). We don’t actively sign the A66 through Darlington as diversion route as it doesn’t form part of our approved route. Approved diversion routes need to be suitable to accommodate the volume and type of traffic expected to the motorway network and unfortunately these routes can often be longer than alternative local routes because of these considerations. I’ve just spoken with our traffic management team to confirm that these signs are still installed. Did you see any of these? There should be one on each approach.

  • Bob Wright

    Has / does any of your team liaise with management at Croft Racing circuit about your works on the A1 /A1M? there are several big and many small meetings at the circuit during the year and your input to the circuit would, I’m sure assist the circuit management advise their customers ( competitors, General Public and race officials ) of the closures / diversions in place. Many of those attending Croft do so by travelling to the circuit after 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and heading ‘home’ after 7pm on those same days

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Bob,

      Yes, we do liaise with the Circuit Manager at Croft Circuit and we send them our weekly plans for traffic management.

  • Peter Creek

    How long do you anticipate it will be before Fort Bridge is opened to traffic. Could it be opened sooner with single file traffic controlled by lights?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Mr Creek,

      Thank you for contacting the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

      The bridge has been one of the most vital areas of the scheme and we originally anticipated it would take 18 months to complete. Our team here is very much aware of the importance and connectivity that the bridge provides.
      After the demolition of the bridge, we discovered more archaeology than was expected leading to a renewed focus on this by the archaeological teams. The current timeline is for the bridge to be completed in the back end of the year but we aim to finish works as soon as possible due to the significance of this route.

      Due to the volume and type of works that are being carried out, we would not be able to safely install a single file traffic light controlled crossing.

      If you have any further queries please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ben

    When will catterick bridge reopen?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon Ben,

      Thank you for contacting the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

      Our team are aware of the local importance and connectivity that is provided by Fort Bridge (adjacent to the racecourse). This bridge has been one of the most complex areas of the scheme and our initial expectation was that an 18 month period would be required to allow for completion.

      Since the bridge was demolished, we have encountered more archaeology than was originally anticipated. The unexpected archaeology has increased the pressure on the programme in this area. Our current expectation is that the bridge will be completed towards the end of the year but we are aware of the significance of this route,
      and we will aim to complete works as early as possible.

      If you have any further queries please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon Mr Hanmer,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us.

    On Friday the 21st April we do not have any closures on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme that would affect your journey on the A66 towards Penrith. Our team have planned an overnight closure of the northbound slip road onto the A1 and associated lane closures, however, this would not affect your route.

    We do provide a weekly traffic update e-mail which contains a map showing all planned closures on the scheme for the upcoming week, if you would like to receive this
    please send an e-mail to A1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    Our team are proactively looking to reduce the number of overnight closures that are required on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. Many of our operations cannot be completed whilst there is traffic still on the A1 and diversions are used for both the safety of the public and our own workforce.

    The diversion routes that we use have been implemented following consultation with strategic stakeholders, including local highways authorities and traffic police. We use the A168, A19 and the A689 for through traffic as this route avoids any impact on local communities and also keeps traffic on similar standard roads.

    Whilst we are unable to prevent traffic using other public roads, suitable diversion routes have been provided that also keep journey times to a minimum. We would always encourage all motorists to follow the signed diversion route as we know that these routes are suitable for use and reduce disruption to local communities however, any drivers using other local routes do so at their own discretion and would be accountable for their own safety, as well as that of other members of the public.

    Our remaining works on the local access road between Leeming and Catterick Village include final surfacing, sign installation and verge works. We will only open this local access road, when it has been completed and an independent road safety audit has been carried out.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Alan Huddart

    As a weekly user of the A1 from Junction 50 to Scotch Corner, it seems that the section from Leeming Bar Services to Junction 52 is now complete. If this is the case, why can’t it be open for use, or at least have the speed limit raised to 60mph and all 3 lanes used?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Alan,

      Thank you for contacting the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

      We still have outstanding works and testing to complete the new motorway communications systems (which includes the overhead signing and emergency telephone systems) between Leeming & Barton and until these works are complete, it will not be safe for us to open these new sections of motorway. Therefore, whilst they may appear to be fully operational lanes, they are not yet complete. Once we have completed all our works and it is safe to do so, we will remove the temporary speed limits and any surplus traffic management.

      Also, our lane closures ensure that there is a safe access and working area for the workforce to carry out the commissioning and testing in these areas.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Paul,

    Thanks for getting in touch with the scheme.

    The Junction 56 Northbound Exit Slip is currently closed for reconstruction works. Our current programme shows that this will reopen again in mid-May.

    During this closure all traffic can leave at Scotch Corner and use the new local access road that continues to the north of Scotch Corner towards Silver Street, Barton. An alternative is also available by continuing north to A1(M) Junction 57, onto the A66(M), around the Stapleton Roundabout and returning south on the A1.

    We do provide a weekly traffic update e-mail which contains a map showing all planned closures on the scheme for the upcoming week, if you would like to receive a
    copy please send an e-mail to A1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Elizabeth

    We are sorry to hear of the frustrating journey that you had when travelling back from Sedgefield Races.

    Our scheme does require a closure of the A1 between Scotch Corner and Leeming as many of our activities cannot be completed with traffic on the A1. We implement these closures for the safety of drivers and also our workforce.

    The diversion routes that we use for southbound traffic leave the A1 at Junction 60 and then continue on the A689 and A19 / A168 towards Dishforth, Junction 49 of
    the A1. Dates and times of these closures are advised through portable message signs and hard signs.

    As there will be some traffic approaching Junction 60 of the A1, using the A689 there are also hard signs on approaches to the junction. Our signs then
    direct traffic around the junction and then back on to the A689, past Sedgefield and towards the A19. All our signs form part of the checks that are undertaken by our traffic management teams.

    We would once again apologise for any frustration that you have experienced when travelling from Sedgefield.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Dennis Ineson

    Are they any evening closures tomorrow please (25th April 2017) interested in southbound from scotch corner to A684 Leeming bar junction.

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes we are closed between Scotch Corner and Leeming tonight from 8pm until 6am the following morning. However, the diversion route starts at junction 60 of the A1 where you will be asked to follow the A19 southbound instead. I will email you this weeks traffic management bulletin. If you would like further information please email us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind Regards

  • Geoffrey McCarthy

    Hi there,

    The works still seem very intense and I believe previous signage did indicate a finish of Spring 2017. Would it be possible to give an updated rough completion date? The information above indicates by the end of year.

    Yours gratefully in advance,

    Mr. Geoff McCarthy

    • CW2Highways_England

      Afternoon Mr McCarthy,

      Thank you for contacting us. Our signage does still indicate Spring 2017 but as you may have seen in recent press we have experienced some delays as a result of unforeseen archaeology and utility works which has impacted our programme. We have updated our website and we have asked our Contractor to update the signs which should happen imminently. We now expect that the section from Leeming to Catterick Central will be complete by the end of the summer. The remaining section from Catterick Central to Barton will be completed by the end of the year.

      If you require any further information please feel free to contact us.

      Kind Regards

  • Douglas Wentworth

    Dear A1 Leeming to Barton Team, I share the same frustration as Mr Huddart and the same frustration regarding the southbound carriageway from just below Catterick to Leeming Bar. I am sure you have a sophisticated project management system so are you able to indicate when the two sections I refer to will be open?
    Is there an independent supervisor who reviews the performance of the Team.
    Regards
    Doug Wentworth

    • CW2Highways_England

      Hi Mr Wentworth,

      At this stage, we are working hard to open the section between Leeming and Catterick Central by the end of the summer. I’m unable to give you an exact date at this stage. Whilst we do have a large programme that details every activity on the site these activities can all be impacted by unforeseen delays, as we explained in the reply to Mr Huddart. We will then look to complete the remaining section between Barton and Catterick Central by the end of 2017.

      If you require any further information please feel free to contact our team via a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      With kind regards

      • Douglas Wentworth

        Hello

        Thank you for your reply.

        It’s so disappointing that as a country we are make huge investments and then the investment lays unused. There has been little or no visible activity in the area south of Catterick Central for months. Do you have an answer to my question about independent supervision please?

        Regards

        Doug Wentworth

        • CW2Highways_England

          Dear Mr Wentworth,

          Firstly, I am sorry that we did not fully address all of your queries following your contact with us.

          On this project, both Atkins and Faithful+Gould have been appointed as independent supervisors who represent the interests of Highways England. Competent engineering and commercial management staff are employed by both companies and work as part of a collaborative project team with an on-site presence.

          Highways England also carry health checks for each of their schemes. During the construction period these happen every 12 months, the last was undertaken in December 2016. These are undertaken by senior officers of Highways England who are independent of the project team.

          All publicly funded projects, such as ones undertaken by Highways England projects are also subject to independent reviews which are undertaken by external reviewers and these happen at key investment points in the project lifecycle such as prior to starting construction work.

          If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Lucy,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    Over the weekend Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April we do not have any closures of the A1 itself, though there will be lane restrictions around the Scotch Corner Junction and also the northbound exit slip road at Junction 56 (Barton) is currently closed for reconstruction works. A signed diversion route is in place for this closure of the Barton slip road, which uses the new local access road, running parallel with the A1 towards Kneeton Lane / Silver Street, Barton.

    Journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CW2Highways_England

    Dear Mr Bounds,

    I’m sorry to hear that you had a frustrating journey. We have recently made a lot of changes to the road layout in this area including the demolition of the old bridge over the A1. So that we can try and understand what went wrong it would be helpful to know what date you travelled? We did have some long weekend closures whilst we undertook this demolition and it might be that you travelled on one of these weekends.

    If you can recall the date and would like us to look into it further please feel free to contact us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Many thanks

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Chris, thank you for your enquiry.

    On Saturday 29th April, it will be possible to drive directly between Bedale and Catterick.

    Whilst we are undertaking works on sections of the local access road, it is possible to cross the A1 using the new Tunstall Bridge. Once you have crossed the
    bridge, this will then bring you on to a short section of the local access road that is being used to provide a connection into the village.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning, thank you for getting in touch.

    Currently, our focus on the local access road is to complete all outstanding works, particularly in the areas just to the south of Marne Barracks. It will
    then be necessary to ensure all remedial works are complete and independent safety audits are carried out, prior to handing the road over to the local
    highway authority and opening to the public.

    Our aim is to complete this process, allowing for traffic to use this section of the local access road during late Spring / early Summer.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Peter

    Hi,

    In recent postings you have stated that you hope to open the new mainline between Leeming Bar (J51) and Catterick Central (J52) by late summer. Will this timeframe include removing the northbound lane drop at Leeming Bar (J51) as well?

    Also, When do you propose to open the ‘old A1’ as Local Access Road between Catterick South and Catterick Central?

    I also have some foreign friends travelling up the A1 from London who are staying at the Travelodge on the former A1 at Skeeby next month, arriving late evening. If it coincides with a full closure of the A1, how do you recommend they travel from say A1 Dishforth (J49) to the Travelodge at Skeeby?

    Thank you

    Peter

    • CW2Highways_England

      Dear Peter,

      We would like to thank you for your query, relating to the works on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

      We can confirm that in the permanent scheme, the A1(M) will continue to reduce to two lanes between the exit and entry slip roads at Junction 51 (Leeming). There will only be a three lane arrangement following the point at which the northbound entry slip road has joined the A1(M). A decision was taken when assessing the affordability and value for money of the scheme to remove the lane drop when that area of carriageway needed resurfacing in future years rather than disturbing long lengths of carriageway that still have a residual life.

      Our intentions are to open the local access road during the summer, once all our works are complete and safety audits have been carried out.

      To access the Travelodge at Skeeby your friends would need to follow the diversion at junction 49 via the A19 to junction 60 of the A1 before returning south to Scotch Corner. However, if you would like to email us nearer to the time when you know a date of travel of we can confirm what closures we have on that would affect the journey. You can contact us via a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind Regards

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Sir,

    I can confirm the the advice we gave to Lucy is correct.

    Over the weekend Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April we do not have any closures of the A1 itself, though there will be lane restrictions around the Scotch Corner Junction and also the northbound exit slip road at Junction 56 (Barton) is currently closed for reconstruction works. A signed diversion route is in place for this closure of the Barton slip road, which uses the new local access road, running parallel with the A1 towards Kneeton Lane / Silver Street, Barton.

    If you have any further queries please can you direct them to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Pigeon peter

      Thankyou for your Reply , peter

      Sent from Samsung tablet.

      ——– Original message ——–

  • CW2Highways_England

    Hi everybody,
    Just a reminder that this page isn’t monitored 24/7 so if you need journey planning information i.e. when there are closures of the A1, you can find this information at http://www.trafficengland.com . There is a link through to Traffic England at the top of this page and we also include any relevant closures just above this comments section in a box called ‘Planned Roadworks’. Any requests on this page might not be picked up prior to your journey.
    We also receive lots of the same question and publish all the answers below so it might be quicker to review the questions we’ve already answered before submitting a new one and waiting for a response.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Joanne,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    We do appreciate the traffic issues in the village and the local access road is a high priority, we are working hard to complete the section from Leeming to
    Catterick Central by the end of the summer.

    Kind Regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Lorna

    If I am travelling up the a1 to scotch corner travelodge on 5th May arriving after 8pm will i be affected by the road closures? Also I need to leave early in the morning the following day 4:30/5:00am to continue travelling north to Newcastle, will this be possible? Thank you

    • CW2Highways_England

      Morning Lorna,

      There may be a northbound closure prior to Scotch Corner at junction 52 Catterick, it’s currently unconfirmed. I’m seeking confirmation now and will try and update this for you. However, even if it does go ahead it only affects the A1 under the junction so the diversion route is simply to come off via the off-slip before immediately joining again using the on-slip of the same junction. Effectively, just going up and over the junction.

      On Saturday morning, continuing north of Scotch Corner there is a southbound closure of the A1 but your journey north is unaffected.

      Hope this helps but if you need any more information please feel free to contact us.

      Kind Regards

  • Andy

    Hi,

    Driving up north to Durham from Manchester Saturday afternoon, coming back early Saturday morning. Could you let me know what the road closures are in both directions for these days please?

    Cheers in advance

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Andy,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that there are no daytime planned closures that would affect your route. Please could you confirm your planned times of travel just to be sure?

      Also if you would like to be included on our weekly e-mail update of upcoming closures and roadworks please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • tp

    There is one consistent repeating comment on this site about the very poor signage that you insist is there but never is.

    You always answer that things are signed,

    but if it was you wouldn’t get all these complaints,

    We complain here and do not get a decent answer….

    YOU NEED TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT THE SIGNAGE IT IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTINGLY POOR AND MOSTLY NOT EVEN THERE !!!

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Tony,

      We would firstly like to thank you for your comments and for making your frustrations known to us.

      On a scheme of the size and scale of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, we often get complaints relating to missing signage. As part of our team, however, we have an experienced and competent traffic management team. A major part of their role is the planning and coordination of diversion routes following consultation with Highways England’s area maintenance team, the local highways authorities and emergency services. A diversion route can only be implemented once this process has been undertaken, and this includes the submission of route drawings together with planned locations for appropriate signage.

      Any signage that is placed out onto the network, should be in accordance with current traffic management guidance. It should be in accordance with the submitted drawings and regular reviews are undertaken. Some of the diversion routes are implemented on an overnight basis, for shorter periods of time, and Highways England rely on confirmation from our contractors that the signs are correctly placed. Other diversion routes are in place for longer periods of time, and inspections and audits can more easily be carried out.

      Our contractors do undertake regular inspections of the A1 (and we’ve asked for a further inspection as a result of your comments) and if there are any missing signs, these can easily be updated. If you have any queries or comments relating to specific diversion routes, we would be happy to review these with our contractors.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Chris

    Hi will be coming from a66 heading for scotch corner on Thursday 18th may between 8 – 9 pm will I be able to get onto the a1 soutbound carriageway from the scotch corner roundabout , cheers
    Chris

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Chris,

      Thanks you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that on the evening of Thursday the 18th May there will no closures in place that would affect your journey.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

      • Chris

        Ok thank you

  • Michael Truman

    On Friday 19th May, if travelling North on the A1 will be allowed off at the Barton Interchange to travel to Piercebridge?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Truman,

      We can confirm that Junction 56 (Barton) will be opening overnight on the 20th May.

      All traffic on the 19th will need to follow signed diversion routes using the local access road, running to the north of Scotch Corner.

      We appreciate your patience during this essential motorway upgrade.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Darrell

    Hello,
    I use this section of A1/A1(M) regularly between J59 & J17 (Ferryhill to Peterborough), and last time I looked at the notice boards in the area saying “opening Spring 2017”, yet the works don’t anywhere near opening this spring

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Darrell,

      Our scheme has been under some pressure due to archaeological works and third party utility diversions.

      At this point in time, we are expecting to complete all our works by the winter.

      Our scheme boards have recently been updated to reflect this.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Stephen Astley

    I am travelling north bound on the A1 this coming Friday 19th May. Will J56 be closed to leave the A1
    as the only info I can see is that lane 1 is closed. I will be there at about 8.30am

    Steve

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Steve,

      We can confirm that Junction 56 (Barton) is currently closed and will be re-opening on the morning of 21st May.

      A signed diversion route is in place using the local access road north of Scotch Corner.

      We appreciate your patience during this essential motorway upgrade.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Mans Gorman

    Hi. We are planning a journey from Northampton, up the A1 to A66 junction tomorrow, (Wednesday) evening. Will the A1 be closed after 9:00m?

    Thanks
    Amanda

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Amanda,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      For confirmation there are no planned closures this evening which would affect your journey, you will be able to leave the A1 at Scotch Corner Junction on the A66.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ian Smith

    Hi, I’m walking the coast to coast footpath at the end of the month. Can you tell me whether the footpath diversion at Catterick Bridge http://wainwright.org.uk/coasttocoast.html is still in force? Thank you. Ian

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Ian,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that the footpath diversion at Catterick Bridge is still currently in place.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ali

    Hi I am travelling to Scotland from the south on the A1 on Friday night, 26 May via the A66. Will the A1 northbound or A66 westbound be closed at any point?
    Thanks, Ali

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Ali,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that on Friday night there won’t be any closures in places that would affect your journey.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear David,

    We are writing to thank you for your enquiry relating to the works which are currently being carried out on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. We can confirm that the scheme will now complete later than originally planned. We confirmed in early April, that our programme has been under some pressure due to unexpected levels of archaeology, particularly around Scotch Corner, as well as the process of coordinating third party utility diversions. We do appreciate that this will be a disappointment to many local residents and road users who have been patient with us during the course of the works.

    We still have outstanding works and testing to complete the new motorway communications systems (which includes the overhead signing and emergency telephone systems) between Leeming & Barton and until these works are finished, it will not be safe for us to open these new sections of motorway. Therefore, whilst they may appear to be fully operational lanes, they are not yet complete.

    The archaeological works around the site have been very historically significant, there has been a team of up to 60 people from Historic England working along the site for the past two years during which time they have discovered more than 177,000 artifacts dating back up to 2000 years and sieved more than 50 tonnes of sediment samples. It was discovered that the site was the mostly northerly example of coin production in Europe and one of the earliest and wealthiest Roman administrative and industrial centres for several decades until it was eclipsed by the rise of Cataractonium to the South. Exhibits from the site are currently available for public viewing at the Bedale museum.

    “The sheer amount of exceptional objects found on this road scheme has been extraordinary,” Neil Redfern, principal inspector of ancient monuments at Historic England, said in the statement. “This project has given us a unique opportunity to understand how the Romans conducted their military expansion into northern England and how civil life changed under their control.”

    We are still working hard to complete the section from Leeming to Catterick Central by the end of the summer, releasing the benefits of this part of scheme to public earlier and reducing the remaining length of roadwork’s to approximately half the original length. We then expect to open the section from Catterick Central to Barton by the end of the year.

    Our project team are working to ensure that our continued works cause least possible disruption and this is communicated to local residents and the travelling public.

    Please let us know if you require any further information.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • John Elliott

    Hi there,

    Any planned closures north and south this week?

    Thanks,
    John

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear John,

      The only planned closure this week will be Southbound Scotch Corner to Tunstall Road on Thursday at 8pm until 6am.

      We do also have a weekly e-mail bulletin that provides details of upcoming closures and roadwork’s on the scheme, please e-mail A1LeemingtoBarton@highwaysengland.co.uk to be included on the mailing list.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Katy,

    We would like to thank you for your comments. Our team are currently working towards completion of the local access road between Catterick and Leeming Junction. Our aim is to complete the works on the local access road during the summer, and ahead of the remaining sections of the A1. We are currently going through the process of inspections and identifying outstanding works for completion and safe opening.

    We do have a weekly traffic management update that advises of upcoming closures and roadwork’s and with your permission, we would be happy to add you to the distribution list.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Joanne Thompson

      That doesn’t really state how long you think it’s going to take.

      • CWHighways_England

        Dear Joanne,

        Our team are currently working toward completion of the local access road between Leeming Junction and Catterick Garrison by the end of August. It should be noted, however, that there are a number of factors that can influence opening dates, and some of these are beyond our own control. We are
        working to ensure that adequate resources are available to achieve our targets, however, independent safety reviews will need to be undertaken prior to
        opening.

        If you would like to be added to our weekly traffic management distribution lists, further details will be provided closer to the time.
        Kind regards
        A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Peter

    Hi there,

    I notice that there are now signs up at Barton (J56) sating that the southbound entry slip road at Barton will be closed for 6 weeks from Sunday 11th June 2017 (presumably for its reconstruction?).

    Are you aware that on that day the BTCC Touring Car races are being held at Croft Circuit with what is expected to be a very large crowd (as is usual for this meeting). J56 Barton is the quickest and easiest way to get to and from Croft and the A1 (other than either driving through Middleton Tyas Village or going a long way round via Darlington or Northallerton).

    Would it therefore be possible to postpone this slip road closure until at least the late evening of Sunday 11th June?

    Many thanks.
    Peter

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Peter,

      Thank you for your enquiry. We can confirm that the works on the Barton Slip road will only commence after 8pm on the 11th of June. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team via email on a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good Morning Neil,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Our A1 Leeming to Barton team are working hard to ensure that the completion of the scheme is achieved in the best possible time frame, though we appreciate that the delays will be a disappointment to many members of the travelling public. Archaeology has, however, been a key part of the scheme and further details are given in the press release that we have issued recently.

    Whilst it may appear that there are sections of live carriageway that can be used but are coned off, these are not yet completed. We do have the requirement for installation and testing of motorway gantries, communications systems which must be completed along safety audits and the completion of the non-motorway route before this section can be opened. The commissioning and testing of these systems will be on-going for some time although not always a visible activity and we have a dedicated team managing this process which also involves a number of sub-contractors.

    We are still working hard to complete the section from Leeming to Catterick Central by the end of the summer, releasing the benefits of this part of scheme to public earlier and reducing the remaining length of roadwork’s to approximately half the original length. We then expect to open the section from Catterick Central to Barton by the end of the year.

    Our scheme is currently using temporary traffic management and the yellow and black signs that are used are in accordance with national guidance and recommendations. Our temporary signs will be maintained until such time as we are able to install the permanent signage for the new motorway. At this point, we then will remove the temporary signs.

    We are grateful for the patience and understanding that is shown by all road users, whilst we are making these improvements to the A1 between Leeming and Barton.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • adsconave

    Is there a date for the re-opening of Fort Bridge? 18 months from November 2015 was the planning replacement time. I notice that it’s now given as the end of 2017 so that’s two years and those of us who link Colburn to Brompton-on-Swale regularly are getting fed up with the constant queuing, time and mileage. Thanks.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning,

      When our team commenced starting works on the Fort Bridge between Catterick Racecourse and the old A6136, it was proposed that there would be an 18-month
      period for construction of the new bridge. It has only been once we started removing the old road surface, that we were able to identify that there was substantially more archaeology underneath the A6136 than was expected.

      As works are being delivered in a scheduled monument, there is a requirement for careful management of the area to ensure that the cultural heritage is protected. We are mindful of the fact that Fort Bridge does provide an important connection between Colburn and Catterick Bridge / Brompton-on-Swale. As such we will be working to reopen the route as early as possible, though this will be later than we had originally anticipated.
      Kind regards
      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Unterwasser

    Hi,

    Is it possible to travel from Moulton to Skeeby i.e is there a bridge over the A1 at that point? Thanks.

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon,

      During the scheme’s Public Inquiry in 2006 the possibility of a bridge to connect Scurragh House Lane (Moulton) and Scurragh Lane (Skeeby) was discussed but discounted. It was deemed by the Secretary of State that a bridge at this point was not required as part of the scheme. However, it will be possible to cross the A1 using the Scotch Corner Junction.

      Kind Regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Louise,

    Thank you for your enquiry, on Monday evening we did have a full closure of the A1 Southbound between Junction 56 (Barton) and Junction 51 (Leeming Bar). Our team had used both hard signage and portable variable message boards to direct traffic on a diversion prior to A1M J60 (Sedgefield), using the A689 and then the A19.

    As we had physically closed the southbound A1 at Barton Junction, any traffic reaching this point would have been signed to go back north and use J60 and our approved diversion route. Our staff at the point of closure, should have been able to advise you of this diversion route and we would apologise that it does not seem that this was the case.

    We do understand that this may have created issues with using your sat-nav as the closures of the A1 may not have been identified. Details of our closure, should have been available on the Traffic England website.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Snowden,

    Thank you getting in touch with the scheme.

    I’d like to apologise for your previous comment being deleted, this wasn’t a deliberate attempt to not answer your query as we had responded directly via e-mail.

    Just to address your points, the weekly e-mail traffic update that is sent out has the correct closure details. The information on this page previously incorrect and has now been corrected.

    Please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you have any further queries.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Rob Snowden

      Hi. Thanks for replying. just a heads up though that I never received a direct reply by email, hence the reason for my second post.

  • S seddon

    Will i be able to get from leeming bar to catterick village next Wednesday, Thursday and friday at about 4:45am? Thank you

    • CWHighways_England

      Good afternoon,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, apologies for the delayed response.

      There should be no restrictions travelling from Leeming Bar to Catterick on any morning this week.

      This page isn’t monitored 24/7 so for more urgent queries Journey planning information is available 24 hours a day at http://www.trafficengland.com or by phoning our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. Planned roadwork’s are also listed towards the top of this page.

      If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Brian,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, apologies for the delayed response.

    The local access road doesn’t yet have a confirmed opening date. However, the date will be confirmed both on this page and via the weekly e-mail bulletin. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the weekly e-mail update.

    Please contact a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk if you have any further queries.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi everybody,

    Thank you for your patience, the latest information on the local access road around Catterick and Tunstall is as follows:
    Our first phase of the opening on this new section of road will be to provide access between Leeming Lane (Marne Barracks) and Catterick Central Junction only. Once we have opened this section, we will still be undertaking a number of works between Marne Barracks and Junction 51 – Leeming Bar.

    Our team are currently working to the following timescales:
    On Friday 14th July it will be possible to continue south from Catterick Central Junction using the local access road as far as Leeming Lane as a one-way route only. It will not be possible travel north between Leeming Lane and Catterick Central Junction.

    On Friday 21st July it will be possible to use the section of local access road between Catterick Central Junction and Leeming Lane in both directions.

    Once these sections of local access road are available for use, we will then close the temporary junctions to and from the A1 in the Catterick / Tunstall area. We will write to you again, once we are ready to open the local access road between Catterick and Leeming Junction.

    We would like to thank you for being patient with us during our works. If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or enquiries@a1l2b.com

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Joanne Thompson

      Do you have an approx time on this yet x

      • CWHighways_England

        Hi Joanne,

        We can confirm that on Saturday 29th July 2017, the local access road between junction 52 Catterick and junction 51 Leeming will be available to public traffic. On the same evening, we will also re-open Low Street junction which provides access to and from Kirkby Fleetham, Great Fencote and Little Fencote.

        Over the coming weeks, we will need to maintain temporary 30mph speed limits on the local access road. These speed limits will be in place for both the protection of our workforce and the public, as there will be remedial works still on-going. The local access road will not be formally handed over to the local highways authority (North Yorkshire County Council) at this point and will remain part of our scheme for some time.

        We would once again like to thank you for being patient with us and for your support for the scheme so far. If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or enquiries@a1l2b.com.

        Kind regards

        A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, I’d like to apologise for the delay in responding to your query.

    Between Junction 56 (Barton) and Scotch Corner are now being used by the public. From Friday 21st July, we will also be able to provide a route that continues from Junction 51 (Leeming) towards Catterick.

    As our works progress, there will be further sections of the local access road that can be used by cyclists and other non-motorway traffic. Our aim is to complete all our works on the A1 and the local access roads by the winter.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team.

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Hilary,

    Thank you for contacting the scheme and making your frustrations known to us.

    Any signage placed onto the network, should be in accordance with current traffic management guidance, in line with design plans and reviewed regularly.

    Following on from your comments about the signage we will review this issue with our contractors.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Rob

    Our team are aware that the on-going requirement for overnight closures does mean that there is additional pressure on local roads. Whilst we have clear signage in place to direct traffic on to the A689 and the A19, one of the issues that we constantly face is rat-running traffic using the A167 as an alternative route.

    Over the next few months, we will be in a position to allow traffic to use the new sections of the local access road between the new Catterick Central Junction and Junction 51 – Leeming. Also we do still currently have a number of works to complete on the local access road between Scotch Corner and Brompton-on-Swale, past the Travelodge.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Allison

    We would like to thank you for the comments relating to Bowbridge Lane and are sorry to hear that you had a frustrating journey.

    Over the course of the project, our team have been using a number of diversion routes that have been agreed with the local highways authorities, police and other stakeholders. Our team do seek feedback on our proposed temporary signage from these authorities, prior to implementing any temporary diversion routes. Our temporary signs that we use are in accordance with current temporary traffic management guidance but we accept that there may be instances when additional temporary signage may benefit road users and we will look to make changes, where we can.

    As we are working to provide new routes for public use, we are constructing a new local access road between Junction 51 – Leeming and Catterick. Due to these changes, new permanent signage has recently been installed at Bowbridge Lane and also at Leeming Junction. Once the local access road is in use, these permanent signs will direct traffic across the new Low Street Bridge and on to the east side of the A1 and towards Great / Little Fencote and Kirkby Fleetham.

    Our team would like to thank you for your feedback, as a result we will review the possibility of masking over parts of these permanent signs to avoid further confusion to local traffic.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Jones,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme, I’m sorry to hear about your frustrations at the diversions.

    Our team are aware of the local importance and connectivity that is provided by Fort Bridge. This bridge has been one of the most complex areas of the scheme and our initial expectation was that an 18 month period would be required to allow for completion..
    Since the bridge was demolished, we have encountered more archaeology than was originally planned. The unexpected archaeology increased the pressure on the programme in this area. Our current expectation is that the bridge will be completed in the autumn but we are aware of the significance of this route, and we will aim to reopen the route as soon as possible.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

    • Ben Jones

      I would also like to ask why the traffic management in the A1 on Fridays is so appallingly embarrassing? Absolutely shocking. Traffic backed up from the A1 into the middle of colburn. Why has this not been managed

      • CWHighways_England

        Dear Mr Jones,

        On Friday afternoons, the area around the A1 has historically been subject to heavy volumes of traffic. Our team are aware of this issue, and we are working hard to complete many of the sections of new road and allow the public to benefit from the scheme.

        We appreciate that when traffic does build up, it does create issues on the local road network. Our team have full CCTV coverage of the area to allow us to monitor any activities, and we have a free CCTV recovery service in place to allow us to attend to any incidents that may occur.

        Kind regards

        A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good morning,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    On the evening of 1st July, we had closed the A1 between Junction 56 (Barton) and Catterick Central Junction. Our diversion route during these closures uses the A689 and the A19, as this is the most suitable route and causes minimal disruption to local residents. We do keep the A1 open past Junction 60, so that we can maintain local connections to several communities on either side of the A1.

    We were sorry to hear that you had joined the A1 and continued as far as Junction 56 (Barton). Our team have confirmed that they did check the diversion signs on that evening, and there were temporary signs in place on all approaches to Junction 60 and further advisory signs in place prior to Junction 59 and Junction 58. If any traffic misses these signs, then there are diversions in place that will take traffic on a return journey back towards Junction 60 (Sedgefield).

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr McLaughlin

    We are sorry to hear of the disruption that has been caused to your journey when using the A1. As part of the works that are being undertaken to upgrade the section of trunk road between Leeming and Barton, a number of overnight closures are required for the safety of both our workforce and the travelling public. Our team look to coordinate these and aim reduce disruption to those travelling our strategic network.

    Our works on 3rd July included surfacing, traffic management alterations and works to one of the highway embankments. As access to the carriageway was required, it would not have been safe to allow traffic to continue to use the A1 during these operations. Our approved diversion route took traffic from Junction 49, using the A19 and the A689 to Junction 60 and from that point, you would have been able to continue north and use an alternative route to the west. We need to keep the A1 open between Junction 49 and Junction 51, as access is needed to a number of communities either side of the A1.

    Unfortunately we cannot provide a shorter alternative route to Scotch Corner, as there are no suitable routes on the west side of the A1. Our scheme has created a new local access road that will provide an alternative during any emergencies or planned maintenance works.

    We have noted that you returned south on the A1, where a further diversion would have been encountered around Scotch Corner. We apologise for the disruption caused as our team do try to keep these instances of concurrent diversions to a minimum, though every effort is made this is not always possible due to the size and scale of our operations. The diversion route that was being used around Scotch Corner was much shorter in length.

    We apologise for the disruption this would have caused.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the Leeming to Barton scheme page.

    Our scheme is unable to provide access for the public to Lords Lane, as this road is under private ownership. Local connection to villages on the west side of the local access road is currently provided using Bowbridge Lane.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Ron Smith

    Hi. What is the latest on the opening of The Fort Bridge from Colburn to Catterick Village?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Smith,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme page.

      The team here are aware of the local importance and connectivity Fort Bridge provides. This bridge has been one of the most complex areas of the scheme and our initial expectation was that an 18 month period would be needed to complete the works on it.

      Since the bridge demolition, we have encountered more archaeology than was originally expected. This unexpected archaeology increased the pressure on the works in this area. Our current expectation is that the bridge will be completed in the autumn but we are aware of the significance of this route, and we will aim to reopen the route as soon as possible.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • A Craig

    Hi, I’m again traveling south from Bishop Auckland County Durham and again it looks like I’m hemmed into the North East by multiple south bound works on both A1 and the A168. What route do you suggest I take if I want to leave Bishop Auckland County Durham at 5am on Tuesday 1st August to get to Northampton ( 3 to 4 hour trip) by 8.30 – 9am?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Mr Craig,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

      We don’t have any planned closures on our section of the A1 which would impact your journey on Tuesday morning.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Carol,
    Thank you getting in touch, apologies for the delayed response.
    The Coast to Coast walk previously went from St Giles Farm under the A1 at Fort Bridge by Catterick Racecourse. Following the demolition of Fort Bridge there is now a temporary footbridge in place by Catterick Racecourse which is the recommended diversion path.
    Please let us know if you need any further information.
    Kind regards
    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • alison adams

    Does the new local road between Catterick and Leeming have a number ?
    And why doesn’t it appear on Google maps yet ?

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Alison,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      The new local road does not have a number.

      It can take some time for Google to update their systems and that’s outside of our control.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Toner

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    I can confirm that there are no plans to insert any more junction numbers between Scotch Corner and Barton and the numbering will remain as is.

    There are currently no plans to put in a Junction 54 or 55.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Veronica

    Thank you for getting in touch and I’m sorry to hear about your frustrations at the traffic going through Great Smeaton.

    Over the course of the scheme, our team have been in contact with the chairman of Great Smeaton Parish Council and other residents in the area regarding the same issue as we are aware that the village has had difficulties with the level of traffic using the A167.
    The A167 is not a diversion route that we use when we close the A1. Our approved diversion routes always aim to keep motorway traffic on the motorway network in the first instance as the routes need to be suitable for the type and volume of traffic we expect to use the motorway. Our approved southbound diversion route, which was agreed with the police and the local highway authority in advance of the scheme starting, takes traffic from the A1 at junction 60 to use the A689 and the A19 before then re-joining the A1 at Junction 49. For northbound traffic, the reverse of this route is used. Traffic approaching from Darlington via the A66/A66(M) is taken north to junction 60 to follow the same route.

    Unfortunately, we are aware that some drivers seek to find alternative routes that they perceive to be more direct or convenient than our signed diversion routes using either their local knowledge or by following satellite navigation systems. We have been working with the local highway authority and the police over the last 18+ months to try and reduce rat-running in an effort to reduce disruption to the local communities. Unfortunately, in this instance the A167 is a major local road which provides a direct service route between the two centres of Darlington and Northallerton and the rural community and as a consequence, we have been unable to impose any restrictions on its use.

    We have reviewed the signage that is installed to ensure that the diversion routes are as clear as possible and strengthened this where necessary by providing additional signs. We have also engaged with the Freight Transport Association and local hauliers to try and encourage professional drivers to stay on the signed diversion. We have also ensured that we rigorously challenge the programme of overnight closures to ensure that when the A1 is the closed the work that we carry out in this shift is maximised to reduce the number of closures needed overall and we can assure you that we will continue to do this.

    If you have any further queries or aspects that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Hi Timbones,

    At present the road isn’t numbered but it should be on completion of the scheme.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Susanna,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    We have been mindful since the start of the scheme the Scotch Corner junction can become congested which can cause problems within the service area and those connecting onto various different routes. We have been heavily constrained by the requirement to maintain a connection from the A1 on to the A66. During the daytime, we have also needed to maintain a route around the roundabout for abnormal traffic, restricting access for our equipment and also resulting in the fact that we cannot achieve a safe working distance from live traffic. Works are progressing, however, this can appear to be slow as we need to maintain these traffic links and means that we are unable to work 24/7 on this junction.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and we apologise for the delays you experienced when passing through the scheme. We offer our reassurances that we continue to review the customer experience of the Scotch Corner Junction.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike,

    We would like to thank you for your query relating to the on-going A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme. At this point in time, many of our activities are focussed around the construction and completion of sections of local access road that run parallel with the A1 and snagging activities.

    Our works on the local access roads are largely away from the view of the travelling public, passing through the scheme and as such, we appreciate that this can give the impression that works are not progressing on the A1 itself. Completion of the local access roads are required, to provide an alternative for non-motorway traffic and these sections can then be opened to the public.

    The local access road opened to the public on the 29th July along with Low Street junction, providing access to and from Kirkby Fleetham, Great Fencote and Little Fencote. However, speed limits are in place as remedial works are still on-going.

    Currently, we are still making good progress towards completing the A1 between Leeming and Catterick by the end of Summer and we trust that the public will then be able to benefit from completed sections of the scheme. Works further north will be completed towards the end of the year. We apologise for not being able to be more specific with the dates but work is steadily progressing towards completion.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    We would like to thank you for taking the time to contact the scheme and raising your comments on the current arrangements that are in place on this section of the A1. We are sorry to hear of the frustrations that you have had, particularly as we are working to undertake improvements to this part of the road network

    We instruct our traffic management team to conduct regular drive through to check the diversion route is clear and signage is in place and conduct follow on actions after receiving customer feedback.

    As highlighted in the ‘Featured Comment’ section of this page and at the top we provide a link to Traffic England to provide journey planning information and any relevant roadworks or closures for the next seven days appear in the ‘Planned Roadworks’ section.

    We also provide a weekly e-mail update providing details of closures and diversions, if you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Again we apologise for the disruption you have received and thank you for your feedback.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    We don’t have any official agreement to notify Google of new roads, they work independently on their updates based on their own research, trend monitoring and user feedback.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Alan,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    We do understand that a lot of patience is still being shown as our works are continuing. The support and comments we receive, particularly by members of the local community and also those who use the A1 every day are appreciated. Undertaking a scheme such as this does take a lot of planning but we hope that as we start to open finished sections, such as the recently opened local access road, people will soon start to see the benefits of all that has been achieved.

    At present, we still have 50-mph speed limits in place as there is a requirement for works access directly off the A1 itself. At the same time, we also have some outstanding works, which include testing and completion of the gantry signs, emergency telephone systems and we also have some temporary slip roads to reinstate around the Catterick area. We also need to ensure that the local access road can be used by non-motorway traffic before we can start decommissioning the speed cameras, removing temporary barriers and open to national speed limit. Many of the lanes do look operation, though our works are not quite yet complete.

    For clarity, works were programmed to be completed by the end of the Spring, though we did have some pressure on the scheme from archaeology and utility diversions. It meant that a formal announcement had to be made that the scheme opening dates would be moved back to the winter. We’re aiming to open the southern parts of the scheme though towards the end of the summer.

    One of our biggest constraints on a project such as this, is managing live traffic and the routes through and around our activities. We do aim to keep traffic moving as safely and as easily as possible through our works as possible.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Paula

    Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme and I would like to apologise for the difficult journey you have endured.

    The team are aware that especially at peak times, there can often be queues on the A66 and a full review is being undertaken by our design team to determine whether any quick changes can be made to the signals on the roundabout to keep traffic flowing. more efficiently It should also be noted that we do have full CCTV coverage of the scheme and 24/7 traffic management coverage on the scheme to enable us to keep traffic moving as freely as possible and allowing us to deal with any incidents immediately.

    The Scotch Corner junction in particular is a difficult location as we have to maintain a constant connection for traffic which restricts our own access for conducting works resulting in slower progress than would usually be the case as we are unable to work 24/7 at this point.

    Thank you for your feedback and we apologise for the delays you’ve experienced on the scheme.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Eoin

    Are the speed cameras between Barton anglian Leeming average speed cameras or just speed cameras?

    • CWHighways_England

      Good morning Eoin,

      Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

      I can confirm that the speed cameras between Barton and Leeming are average speed cameras. These are for the safety and protection of both the workforce and the travelling public.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Johnathan,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch and I’m sorry that you don’t feel the queries have been answered fully.

    It may appear that there are sections of live carriageway that can be used but are coned off, these are not yet completed. We do have the requirement for installation and testing of motorway gantries, communications systems which must be completed along safety audits and the completion of the non-motorway route before these sections can be opened. The commissioning and testing of these systems will be on-going for some time although not always a visible activity and we have a dedicated team managing this process which also involves a number of sub-contractors.

    Other sections of the scheme generally will only be worked on overnight, such as at Scotch Corner where it’s crucial we maintain a constant traffic connection and can normally only be worked on by our operatives at night, meaning progress appears slow and work wouldn’t be visible during the daytime.

    Again I apologise for your frustrations but if you’re still not satisfied with our response you may send your concerns in more detail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk for a detailed reply or you can follow our complaints procedure https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england/about/complaints-procedure
    Our customer contact centre will always try to resolve any complaint at the first point of contact. We aim to respond to all queries within 15 working days.
    You can alternatively contact us by phone on 0300 123 5000 (local rate call). If you prefer to send a letter, the address is:

    Highways England
    National Traffic Operations Centre
    3 Ridgeway
    Quinton Business Park
    Birmingham
    B32 1AF

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Allison

    It is being rumoured around Catterick that Fort Bridge will not be completed until March 2018. Is this correct? If so, what has caused this further delay?

    Thanks
    Allison

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Allison,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme with your query.

      There is no truth to that rumour. Fort Bridge is currently scheduled to be opened in Autumn 2017.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Chris

    Hi I am travelling down along the a66 to scotch corner looking to get to Newark on Thursday 24th August sometime between 9pm and 11pm will I be able to join a1 from scotch corner roundabout , cheers

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Chris,

      Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

      I can confirm that on the evening of the 24th August there are no closures in place along our scheme which would prevent you joining the A1 at Scotch Corner

      We do provide a weekly e-mail update providing details of closures and diversions, if you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Pete,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme.

    I can confirm that there is no truth to that rumour and Fort Bridge is scheduled to be opened in Autumn 2017.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Headley-North,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the scheme to express your concerns.

    I can confirm there is no truth to the rumour that Fort Bridge is delayed until Spring 2018.

    The team here are aware of the local importance and connectivity Fort Bridge provides. I apologise and understand yours and the other local residents frustrations caused by the closure and can now confirm that Fort Bridge will be opening in Autumn 2017.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or enquiries@a1l2b.com.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Chris,

    Please accept our apologies, I had incorrect information. You’re correct the south bound entry slip is closed until 6:00am on the morning of the 25th August and the usual diversion would be in place.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • Colin and Sandra

    Tonight is just appalling through Richmond. You have done nothing to prevent the lorries using the route through the town when the A1 / A66 is closed. You stated before that only ‘opportune motorists’ choose to use this route rather than following the official diversions but that is utter rubbish. It is 10.10 pm and the noise is just unbearable. We are running a Guest House and tomorrow morning I have to apologise to all our guests for the appalling conditions they have had to endure, hoping that they will not refuse to pay their bills or post bad reviews on the internet which will damage our business forever, way after all these roadworks are finished. You have shown no regard for local people and businesses putting up with this night after night. Surely after all this time you do not have to keep closing all the lanes. Surely you can keep a lane open at this stage.
    We are effectively sleeping on the hard shoulder of the A1 and something must be done to prevent these lorries from using unofficial routes. Get some of your patrols out to stop the lorries coming through and make sure they use the official route . It is not local passing traffic as these vehicles do not pass through Richmond when the A1 / Catterick/ Scotch Corner area is open.

    • CWHighways_England

      Dear Colin and Sandra

      On the evening of 19th August, a closure of the A1 was required to facilitate repairs to a section of the temporary safety barrier that had been damaged in a road traffic accident. It would not have been possible to safely undertake these repairs without first closing the northbound A1 to traffic between Junction 51 (Leeming) and Junction 53 (Catterick Central).

      One of our challenges during this scheme, is that we have not had an alternative route available to the west of the A1 that can cater for the volumes and types of traffic travelling towards the A66. We are unable to close the routes through Richmond to the public, as these are still required to maintain local access during our closures. We do however, avoid any strategic signage directing traffic through Richmond but many of the routes are open to the public.

      Our official diversion routes for strategic through traffic travelling north are via the A168, A19 and A689 towards Sedgefield and this removes large volumes of through traffic. We understand that when traffic leaves these diversion routes and seeks shorter alternative routes this places pressure on many of the residents and businesses in Richmond. Highways England work with the local highway authority and the police to mitigate against the impact of our closures, however, we are unable to close these public routes as they provide an important local connections.

      As further sections of carriageway and the local access road are becoming available, we are looking to reduce the number of full closures of the A1 that are required. It should be noted that there will be an on-going requirement for overnight closures, however, until the winter.

      Kind regards

      A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Paul,

    Thank you taking the time to get in contact with the scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We have also developed a weekly e-mail bulletin to provide regular updates on the scheme with regards to road closures, diversions and news of progress. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please let us know and we will send that out to you from the next bulletin onwards.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for getting in touch with the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We do provide a weekly e-mail update providing details of closures and diversions and news of Progress. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an e-mail to a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk and we will send that out to you from the next bulletin onwards.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Steve,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We have also developed a weekly e-mail bulletin to provide regular updates on the scheme with regards to road closures, diversions and news of progress. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please let us know and we will send that out to you from the next bulletin onwards.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the Leeming to Barton Improvement scheme.

    We are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick. Once we have a confirmed date we will issue a press release and post the update on our webpage.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and If you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or via enquiries@a1l2b.com

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Dave,

    Thank you for taking the team to get in contact with the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme.

    I’d like to apologise and understand your frustrations and advise that we are currently undergoing preparations to complete the section between Leeming and Catterick and once the date is confirmed we will issue a press release and also post the update on our webpage.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and if you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or via enquiries@a1l2b.com.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan

    Currently, we are unable to provide precise dates though we will announce the opening date for the section between Leeming and Catterick using a press release and also publishing dates on our scheme webpage. It is expected that we will be in a position to make this announcement over the coming weeks.

    Our works at Fort Bridge are progressing well and we will make a further press announcement about the opening of the bridge in the autumn. Opening is currently being planned for late October / early November.

    Our speed limits on the local access road between Leeming and Catterick are for the safety and protection of our workforce and also the public. It should be noted that this route is still part of the site, and we will only be in a position to remove the temporary speed limits following handover to the local highway authority.

    With respect to the completion of the remaining sections of the scheme, our team are working towards completing these over the winter period.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Headley-North

    Our current expectation is that Fort Bridge will re-open to the public in the Autumn period, though there has been some delay in this area. Some good progress is now being made.

    When we started the demolition in November 2015, we had expected that it would take 18-months before works were completed on the new bridge. Our works have been affected by archaeology underneath the old Catterick Road, which we had believed would have been previously disturbed. As Fort Bridge is in a scheduled monument site, we had to manage this with some care to protect the heritage of the area.

    Some further challenges were encountered in an area slightly to the north of Fort Bridge where we have been soil nailing. Our team have been working hard to ensure that the design and remedial works don’t affect our overall completion dates and works are now well underway.

    We have started removing the temporary speed cameras between Leeming and Catterick, as we need to do this before fully opening this part of the route as a motorway. We will announce the opening date via a press release to the public as well as publishing it on our scheme webpage over the coming weeks.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Jonathan

    We are pleased to announce that the section of the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme between Catterick and Leeming will open
    on the 22nd September 2017.

    Our works at Fort Bridge are progressing well and will open the bridge to traffic mid-November and open to pedestrians and cyclists early October.

    Our speed limits on the local access road between Leeming and Catterick are for the safety and protection of our workforce and also the public. This route is still part of the site due to ongoing works we will be in a position to remove the temporary speed limits following handover to the local highway authority, which will be early November.

    With respect to the completion of the remaining sections of the scheme, our team are working towards completing these over the winter period.

    Kind regards A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Ben,

    Thank you for your query regarding the re-opening of the Fort Bridge. We are aware of the importance that this route has on local traffic and also the impact that our continued works are having on the local community.

    When the initial demolition works took place in November 2015, our team had planned for an 18-month period for reconstruction works to take place. Since then, some additional archaeology was identified underneath the old Catterick Road, and in an area, which we anticipated would have been disturbed by the original road construction works. As the works to Fort Bridge are in a scheduled monument site this has affected the programme. Fort bridge will be open to pedestrians and cyclists early October and open to traffic by mid-November.

    We do appreciate that the time taken to complete our works at Fort Bridge is a cause of frustration, particularly as this does provide an important route across the A1. However, we are grateful for all the patience and support that is being shown to date.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk .

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear James

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the scheme.

    At this point in time, our design does not include road markings at the Catterick Central Junction, though we appreciate that there may be examples of poor driver behaviour such as you have described. Prior to the completion of the works on the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme, an independent road safety audit will be undertaken. If any requirement is identified at that stage, the necessary changes will be implemented.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback and if you would like to discuss any aspects of our works further, please contact our Public Liaison Team on 01677 932 348 or via enquiries@a1l2b.com.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Wilson,

    Thank you for taking the time to write to us regarding the operation of the traffic lights at Scotch Corner Junction.

    Our team are aware that the phasing of the traffic lights and our current temporary traffic management does mean that it can take time some for traffic to filter around the junction. The timing of the lights has been investigated on a number of occasions by our signals designer to ensure optimum times are allowed for all users approaching the junction.

    Our priorities are always to ensure that traffic continues moving around the junction and to minimise queues where we can. We do try to balance the operation of all the arms but this is not always possible and safety reasons, such as preventing queuing on the A1, may dictate timings in certain respects.

    The current phasing of the lights does allow for the maximum possible time for traffic from Richmond under the current configuration. We are trying to balance this with the heavy volumes of traffic that uses Scotch Corner interchange. Our works on the A6108 will be continuing until October and at that point the improved approach will be more able to accommodate the volumes of traffic using this route. Shortly after this, we should be able to release more capacity on Scotch Corner interchange itself.

    If you require any further information please contact us or visit the Highways England website at http://www.highways.gov.uk . As you have been dissatisfied on this occasion, we have handled your correspondence in accordance with the first stage of Highways England’s complaints process. For further details please see here.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team

  • CWHighways_England

    Dear Mr Parke

    Thank you for taking the time to get in contact with the scheme. We would like to apologise for any delay that there has been in opening this section of the A1 between Leeming and Catterick.

    As I am sure you will appreciate, this does mark an important milestone in the completion of the scheme and has not been without considerable planning. Our original completion dates were amended due to circumstances outside of our control such as the extensive archaeological finds and issues caused by power cables and utilities in the area. We are now committed to full scheme completion in winter 2017/18.

    With respect to opening the Southern section, we do appreciate that it may have appeared that our construction works were completed some time ago but we have had a number of less visible works to complete. These activities included testing and completion of the gantry signs, emergency telephone systems and the reinstatement of slip roads around the Catterick area. There has also been a number of recent night time closures to allow for fully decommissioning the speed cameras and removing temporary traffic management.

    At the same time, our processes for completion of the motorway have included road safety audits and closing out all identified works to ensure public safety following opening. We would thank all those affected by our works for the patience and support that has been shown over the construction period.

    Kind regards

    A1 Leeming to Barton Team