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 concluded a public consultation on the options for the scheme which ran from 14 November to 23 December.

Feedback received at the events, along with safety, economic and environmental analysis, has informed the decision on the option to be taken forward. We have been working closely with Northumberland County Council and other local parties as we develop improvement proposals for the scheme. We will be announcing the preferred route in September 2017.

We’ve also established a working group of local road users and interest groups to ensure the development makes best use of local knowledge. Environmental, Underground Services, Topographical and Drainage surveys are currently ongoing and we thank all landowners for their help, assistance and patience whilst these continue. These surveys help us inform the design as we continue to develop the proposals.

What's next

Currently we are reviewing all of the feedback received from the public consultation and completing the options assessment work to determine the preferred route. We are planning to announce the preferred route in September 2017.

We will then begin more detailed design work and progress the scheme’s planning application ahead of starting work on the north of Ellingham improvements in 2018. We will be looking to hold another consultation in 2018, this will provide an opportunity to look at the preferred options in more detail and provide feedback to the team.


Event Date
Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy 2014
Public exhibitions May 2016
Have your say Autumn/Winter 2016
Preferred route recommendations for the A1 Morpeth to Ellingham dualling 2017
Further consultation and application for development consent 2018
Begin upgrade to dual carriageway between Morpeth and Felton and Alnwick and Ellingham 2020

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 route 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

We propose to improve the A1 in Northumberland by providing additional road capacity and enabling greater access to and from Northumberland. Our improvement programme includes upgrading the existing single carriageway to dual carriageway between Morpeth and Felton and Alnwick and Ellingham creating a continuous, high-quality dual carriageway from Newcastle to Ellingham.

Further detail about the proposals for the improvements can be found on our consultation page, which provides the plans presented at the recent consultation events in 2017. . Please note these are subject to change as we progress the design further.


The anticipated benefits of the scheme are:

  • improved journey times and journey time reliability
  • safety improvements
  • enable economic growth in Northumberland
  • creation of a continuous dual carriageway standard from Newcastle to Ellingham

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