A1 Leeming to Barton improvementRecently updated

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

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

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Progress report

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

What next?

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

Timeline

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

Why we need this scheme

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

Aims

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

Cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians

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

Archaeology

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

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Planned roadworks

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From Location : The A1 northbound between the A66 and the junction with the A66(M) . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 25 January 2017. To Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J56 and J58 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
From Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J58 and J56 . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 25 January 2017. To Location : The A1 southbound between the A68 and the junction with the A66 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
From Location : The A1 northbound between the A66 and the junction with the A66(M) . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. To Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J56 and J58 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 January 2017 to 23:59 on 24 January 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 January 2017 to 06:00 on 22 January 2017. Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A6055 and the A6136 south of Catterick. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A66 westbound between the junctions with the A1 and the A67 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2017 to 06:00 on 31 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 01:57 on 6 December 2016 to 06:00 on 3 August 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J51 and J56 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 02:01 on 6 December 2016 to 06:00 on 3 August 2017. Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J56 and J51 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 24 January 2017. Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J51 and J50 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 24 January 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J50 and J51 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 January 2017 to 23:59 on 25 January 2017. Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J51 and J50 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
From Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J58 and J56 . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. To Location : The A1 southbound between the A68 and the junction with the A66 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 24 January 2017. Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J51 and J50 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A66 westbound between the junctions with the A1 and the A67 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2017 to 06:00 on 31 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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