The first phase of upgrading the A1 to motorway standard between Leeming and Barton opened to traffic on Friday 22 September 2017.
The southern section between junction 51 at Leeming and junction 52 at Catterick became a three-lane motorway and the speed restrictions were lifted. Drivers are now able to 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 were able to release the benefits of the scheme to our road users as well as reducing the remaining length of roadworks.
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.
|Autumn/Winter 2015||New junction 52 Catterick junction open|
|Autumn 2015 to end 2017||A6136 Fort Overbridge replacement|
|Autumn/Winter 2015 to end 2017||Scotch Corner junction improvements|
|Spring/Summer 2016||Leases Lane to junction 52 Catterick. New off line motorway section open|
|Autumn 2014 to end 2017||Scotch Corner to Barton A1 mainline improvements|
|Autumn 2014 to Winter 2017/18||Junction 52 to Scotch Corner A1 mainline improvements|
|Summer/Autumn 2017||Junction 51 Leeming to junction 52 Catterick open|
|March 2018||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.
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.
Excavations have 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. During that time archaeologists have uncovered more than 200,000 prehistoric and Roman artefacts and sieved more than 86 tonnes of sediment samples.
Project media files and documents
Lane 2 restriction for large goods vehicles
Tunstall Road proposal - start of work materials - March 2014
Inspectors report for public inquiry
Secretary of State decision letter
Secretary of State decision letter (Leeming to Scotch Corner section) - 23 October 2013
Roadworks and Events for England
The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England
Breaking News: Traffic Information
The latest current breaking news items for England's motorway network