Press release

£3 million resurfacing schemes near Doncaster

Drivers will benefit from an improved road surface along the A1 near Doncaster as part of two resurfacing schemes totalling £3 million.

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Contractors for Highways England will be resurfacing 8 miles of the northbound carriageway on the A1(M) between Blyth and Tickhill and another 8 miles on the northbound A1 between Barnsdale and Darrington – the equivalent of the area covered by 26 football pitches.

As part of the two schemes, 2,500 reflective road studs will be replaced and road markings will be repainted. The work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am, starting on Monday 29 February with the Blyth to Tickhill work. This is expected to be completed before work starts between Barnsdale and Darrington on Monday 8 March. These dates are subject to reasonable weather conditions.

During the closures general maintenance work, such as gully cleaning and litter picking, will also take place.

Highways England project manager Martin Barnes said:

It’s essential that this work takes place so that drivers can benefit from smoother and safer journeys, and a well maintained road network.

We’ll be resurfacing an area of road equivalent to 26 football pitches as well as replacing thousands of reflective road studs, so drivers really will notice the difference when the work is completed.

We’re carrying out the improvement work overnight, when the road is at its quietest, to avoid causing disruption to traffic during the day.

Drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes.

For the A1(M) closure, drivers will be diverted along the A614, the A638 and the A18, before joining the M18 at junction 3 and then getting back onto the A1(M).

For the A1 closure, drivers will be diverted along the A620, the A628 and the A645 and back on at junctions 32a of the A1(M). The scheme is due to be completed at the end of March.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 26 February 2016