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.
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.
|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 detailWe 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
- 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
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.
AimsWe 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
Project media files and documents
Roadworks and Events for England
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