A1 Scotswood to North BruntonRecently updated

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

Highways England will be taking forward plans to upgrade the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton following a number of Public Information Exhibitions that we held earlier this year during our consultation period, which ran from 28 June 2017, concluded on 31 August 2017 and where we presented our options for improving the road.

Our chosen option, widening to three narrower lanes, will add an extra lane along a five mile stretch of the existing dual carriageway between junction 74 at Scotswood, just after the River Tyne, and junction 79 at North Brunton. This will be within the existing highway boundary and retain all existing bridges and structures.

Our Scheme Announcement brochure details why this option has been selected, a summary of the consultation feedback and the next steps as we progress with the chosen option.

Hard copies of the brochure are also available at the below locations:

  • City Library: Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle, NE1 8AX
  • Denton Burn Community Association: Slatyford Lane, Newcastle, NE5 2UQ
  • Fawdon Community Centre: Fawdon Park Road, Newcastle, NE3 2PL
  • Great Park Community Centre: Roseden Way, Newcastle, NE13 9BD
  • Lemington Resource Centre: Tyne View, Lemington, Newcastle, NE15 8RZ
  • Outer West Community Centre and Library: Denton Way, Denton Park, Newcastle, NE5 2QZ
  • Blakelaw Community Centre: The Blakelaw Centre, Binswood Avenue, Newcastle, NE5 3PN
  • Scotswood Centre: 468-474 Armstrong Road, Scotswood, Newcastle, NE15 6BS
  • Kingston Park Community Centre: 102 Brunton Lane, Kingston Park, Newcastle, NE3 2SW
  • Team Valley Retail Park: UK Land Estates, Axis Building, Kingsway North, Gateshead, NE11 0BE
  • Washington Services: Moto Service Area, A1(M), Portobello, Washington, DH3 2SJ
  • Gosforth Library and Learning Centre: Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 3HD

The full report on Public Engagement detailing the feedback from exhibitions held between 10 July and 4 August 2017 is now available in the 'Project media files and documents' section below. A Summary of the Public Information Exhibition Report can also be found below.

What next?

Since we held our consultation events in July and August 2017 we have undertaken further ecology surveys to better understand the local habitats, including bat, badger and red squirrels. We have also been working on the consultation report which is now availble below.

Over the coming months, our team of specialists will carry out surveys, ground investigations and drainage inspections so that we can design the scheme in more detail. If we need access to land for any of these surveys we will let residents and landowners know in advance and aim to keep disruption to a minimum.

We will hold further Public Information Exhibitions in 2018 to share the latest information on the scheme and will listen to what attendees have to say. We will also be continuing to meet with key stakeholders to develop our proposals.

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 2016 Public awareness feedback report published
July to August 2017 Public Information Events
December 2017 Public Information Events Report Published
December 2017 Scheme Announcement

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

Project media files and documents

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J64 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2017 to 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 6:02 am
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 December 2017 to 05:30 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 19 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A192 and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 December 2017 to 23:59 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1058 and the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 19 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A692 and the junction with the A694 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1058 and the A193 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 December 2017 to 06:00 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 14 December 2017 to 06:00 on 22 December 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm

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