A1 Morpeth to Ellingham DuallingRecently updated

Proposals to improve the A1 between Morpeth and Felton and Alnwick and Ellingham by providing additional road capacity and enabling greater access to and from Northumberland.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2019/2020
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A1 in Northumberland

Progress report

We held a public consultation on the options for dualling the A1 and this finished on 23 December 2016. We would like to thank you for taking part in this consultation.

We have reviewed all of the feedback we received from the public consultation. We have also completed the options assessment work to determine the preferred route. Feedback received at the consultation, along with safety, economic and environmental analysis, has informed the decision on the preferred route.

Following further development of our proposals, we have now identified the Green route option as the preferred route between Morpeth and Felton. The Orange route option is the preferred route between Alnwick and Ellingham. Find out more about how we reached this this decision in our:

To request a copy of the Scheme Assessment Report or the Environmental Assessment please email the project team at A1inNorthumberland@highwaysengland.co.uk or alternatively call 0300 470 4585.

What's next

We will be holding more public consultation events in the local area in 2018. These events will take place before we submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order. This will give you the opportunity to discuss in more detail with the project team the design of the preferred route and the next steps. We will post details of the events on our consultation page.

We continue to work closely with Northumberland County Council and have established a working group to make the best use of local knowledge. This group includes local road users and interest groups. Environmental, Topographical, and Drainage surveys are currently ongoing to inform our design work. We’re also carrying out ground investigations and we would like to thank all landowners for their help, and patience while these continue.


Event Date
Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy 2014
Public exhibitions May 2016
Have your say (public consultation) November-December 2016
Preferred route announcement 2017
Further consultation and application for development consent 2018
Start of works to upgrade A1 to dual carriageway between Morpeth and Felton and Alnwick and Ellingham 2019/2020
End of work 2023

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 A1 between Morpeth to Felton and Alnwick to Ellingham is currently a single carriageway.

This stretch of road needs improving because journey times are generally slow – it can be hard to overtake, leading to some drivers overtaking unsafely. There are limited alternative routes making it difficult to provide alternative routes if the A1 requires maintenance or if there are any unplanned events on the road.

The scheme in detail

The A1 Morpeth to Felton dualling upgrade involves widening the existing A1 but with a significant deviation from the existing A1 in the ‘middle’ of this section. There will be a new A1 between Priests Bridge and Burgham Park, to the west of the current A1 and of Tindale Hill and Causey Park Bridge. There will be three new junctions: at Highlaws; at Fenrother; and at Westmoor. Access to the A1 will be via the new junctions only and we will need to close most of the current local accesses onto the A1. We will provide links to the new junctions.

The new junctions will provide access to local villages and maintain the east-west traffic links, with new local roads where necessary to provide access to businesses and properties. The existing A1 between Priests Bridge and Burgham Park will be retained to provide access to the villages in this area. It will be reclassified as a local road. The underpass at Parkwood would be extended under the widened A1.

The A1 Alnwick to Ellingham dualling upgrade involves widening the A1 to dual carriageway along the existing road. There will be one new junction at South Charlton, connecting the A1, B6341 and B6347. Access will be provided for businesses and properties to the new junctions. Farm access and the bridleway/public right of way near Broxfield will be maintained via a bridge.


The scheme aims to:

  • improve journey times and journey time reliability
  • improve safety
  • enable economic growth in Northumberland
  • create a continuous dual carriageway standard from Newcastle to Ellingham

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