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Proposals to address congestion on the A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass.

Region:  North East
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £139 to £183 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

Throughout July and August we will be holding a number of public engagement events. These will allow you to see the scheme layout, understand how it will benefit the area, as well as the reasons why we are carrying out the improvements. It will also be a good opportunity for you to provide feedback on the proposals.

Have your say our feedback page

As well as events in the local community we are also holding events at Newcastle International Airport, Intu Metrocentre, Team Valley UK Land Estates and Washington Services. For more information about the events in your area you can view the public information exhibition page.

What next?

We will continue with traffic and environmental assessments to understand the impacts of the scheme in the area. This will enable us to establish which statutory processes we will need to comply with and develop a timetable for the scheme.

As this work progresses we will be holding further public exhibitions later this year to present our plans to you and progress to date.

Timeline

Date Event
2014 Department for Transport feasibility report published
2014 Included in the Road Investment Strategy
May 2016 Public awareness exhibition
October 2016 Public awareness exhibition
April 2017 Feedback report published

Why we need this scheme

This section of the A1 currently experiences delays, journey time reliability issues and accident problems.

These are forecast to worsen in the future as a result of traffic growth from development sites in the region. These will have a direct impact on traffic conditions once they have been developed.

If we don’t act, the issues on this section of the A1 will get worse and have a negative impact on the growth of the local and regional economy.

The scheme in detail

We have been exploring two potential design options that would meet the aims we have for this scheme. We have considered:
  • value for money
  • impact on the environment
  • impact on the local community
The improvement options we assessed include:
  • standard widening: widening to 3 standard width lanes and replacing all existing structures – this option would require significant additional land
  • narrow lanes widening: widening to 3 narrow lanes within the existing highway boundary, retaining all existing structures
We developed designs for both options but found standard widening to be unaffordable. We are therefore progressing with the narrow lanes option.

Birchfield Gardens access to A1 proposals

Following feedback from the previous engagement events at Lemington, in May and October 2016, we have undertaken further traffic modelling and assessment work. This was to establish if any improvements can be made to the access and the slip road to enable it to stay open.

This work has shown that there might be options that would allow, subject to further design work and approval, the slip road to be kept open. Improvements may need to be made at this exit in order to improve safety. We will be incorporating these options as we further develop the design in the next stage of the project. This will allow us to conclude if the slip road can remain open. We are aiming to be in a position to make a recommendation by the end of 2017.

Aims

We are working on a design for this scheme that will:
  • support economic growth
  • provide a safe and serviceable network
  • help traffic flow more freely
  • improve the environment
  • provide an accessible and integrated road network

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 2:40 am
Location : The A69 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A69 westbound between the A1 and the junction with the A6085 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A19 southbound at the junction with the A189 . 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 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A68 east of Corbridge and the A6085 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 September 2017 to 16:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A189 . 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 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A194 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 14 September 2017 to 06:00 on 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the junctions with the A6085 and the A68 east of Corbridge. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 September 2017 to 16:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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