A1 North of EllinghamRecently updated

Proposals to improve the A1 north of Ellingham by providing overtaking opportunities, junction improvements and improved crossing facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2018
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A1 in Northumberland

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Progress report

We recently presented the improvement options north of Ellingham at a public exhibition event for the programme which ran from 14 November to 23 December.

We would like to thank you for your participation in this event.

Feedback received at the events, along with safety, economic and environmental analysis, will inform the development of options to be taken forward. We have been working closely with Northumberland County Council and other local parties as we develop improvement proposals for the scheme.

We’ve also established a working group of local road users and interest groups to ensure the development makes best use of local knowledge.

What's next

We will be analysing all the results from the consultation to feed into the development of the designs. We will then begin more detailed design work and plan on starting work on the improvements in 2018.


Event Date
Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy 2014
Public exhibitions May 2016
Have your say Autumn/Winter 2016
Review of feedback and development of detailed designs 2017
Start construction of some of the A1 improvements, north of Ellingham in advance of the dualling scheme 2018

Why we need this scheme

The A1 in Northumberland is an important route between England and Scotland, especially for long distance travel along the eastern side of the country. The improvements north of Ellingham will provide opportunities to overtake slow moving vehicles through the use of overtaking lanes.

The improvements will also improve the safety of the A1 north of Ellingham through junction improvements and improved crossing facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders.

The scheme in detail

We propose to improve the A1 north of Ellingham by enhancing the performance and safety of this section of road. Our improvement programme includes enhancing the performance and safety of the A1 north of Ellingham, including overtaking opportunities, junction improvements and improved crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Further detail about the proposals for the improvements can be found on our consultation page, which provides the plans presented at the recent consultation events. Please note these are subject to change as we progress the design further and review feedback received at the events.


The anticipated benefits of the scheme are:

  • improved journey times and journey time reliability
  • safety improvements
  • enable economic growth in Northumberland

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