Press release

A1 full carriageway closures 21 and 28/29 March for bridge beam installation

Drivers are advised there will be two planned closures of the A1 in North Yorkshire, as part of ongoing improvement work on the A1 Leeming to Barton major scheme.


There will be an overnight closure of the A1 in both directions south of the Scotch Corner junction on 21 March and a 30-hour weekend closure of the A1 in both directions south of the Scotch Corner junction on 28 March.

Martin Neal, Highways Agency project manager said:

The closures are to allow the removal of overhead cables and undertake safety barrier work together with the installation of bridge beams. During the closures we advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys in the area and follow the clearly signed diversion routes.

The first closure will begin at 8pm Saturday 21 March and end at 6am Sunday 22 March. The second extended closure will start at 7pm Saturday 28 March and end at 12noon Sunday 29 March. These dates are dependent on weather and ground conditions – any changes will be publicised on the Highways Agency website.

When the closures are in force clearly signed diversion routes will be in place and drivers are asked to follow these rather than using satellite navigation systems as the planned diversion are suitable for all types of vehicles.

Travellers between the North East of England and Leeds will be diverted via A168, A19 and A689. Northbound drivers will be diverted off the A1 at junction 49 and will rejoin at junction 60.

Local diversions will also be in place to cater for traffic from Bedale and Catterick. Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Please note, there will be no carriageway closures over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

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

Published 6 March 2015