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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
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

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Progress report

Since our exhibition back in May for Dumpling Hall residents, you have been telling us of your concerns about the local impact of the proposed closure of the Birchfield Gardens access to the A1. In response we held a second exhibition over 2 days in October to discuss these concerns and gather more feedback. We sent invitations to approximately 4,500 households in Lemington area close to the Birchfield Gardens slip road. Missed the exhibition? View the exhibition panels. We have also been carrying out some traffic surveys within the Lemington area to help up better understand the current traffic movements at this location.

What next?

In early 2017 we will publish a feedback report based on your responses to both events. We will combine this feedback with further technical analysis and assessment of the traffic survey results and use this to develop our designs. We’ll then hold further public exhibitions to present our plans to you. We will also 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.

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
Early 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. There are a number of specific development sites, including Great Park, Callerton Park and Newcastle Airport Development, which are in the immediate vicinity of this route. 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.

Proposed closure: Birchfield Gardens access to A1

The proposal may require us to close off access from Birchfield Gardens to the A1 northbound exit slip road at Denton (junction 75). This is because this access road would potentially be unsafe to use once the scheme is complete. However we are still in the early stages of design and will conduct further traffic surveys and assessments to understand the impact of this closure. This will help us develop a design which will minimise impact for road users and ensures safe operation.

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 documents
Frequently Asked Questions | Birchfield Gardens FAQs
Exhibition panels | Used at May and October 2016 public awareness exhibitions

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

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Location : The A1 southbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A194(M) . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2017 to 06:00 on 26 February 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A191 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 April 2017 to 06:00 on 3 April 2017. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 26 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A194 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A194(M) and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 February 2017 to 06:00 on 14 February 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 26 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The A19 southbound between the A185 and the junction with the A194 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A194(M) and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2017 to 06:00 on 26 February 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1068 and the junction with the A189 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A1056 and the A19 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 February 2017 to 06:00 on 14 February 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A167 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2017 to 06:00 on 26 February 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 01:41 on 6 December 2016 to 06:00 on 31 October 2018. Location : The A19 southbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A193 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2017 to 06:00 on 26 February 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 01:38 on 6 December 2016 to 06:00 on 31 October 2018. Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 February 2017 to 06:00 on 14 February 2017. Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the junctions with the A68 east of Corbridge and the A6085 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 January 2017 to 16:00 on 25 January 2017. Reason : Horticultural works are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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