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.
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.
|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 schemeThe 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.
AimsOur 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 pedestriansCoast 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.
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.
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
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