Press release

Drainage work planned for sections of the A1 in Gateshead

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Work to install drainage systems on the A1 between junctions 67-73 in Gateshead will begin overnight on Monday July 20 for 6 nights.

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Clearly signed diversions will be in place during the closures and drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Monday 20 July:

  • northbound A1 will be closed from junction 67 (Coalhouse) to junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) between 8pm until 6am
  • southbound A1 will also be closed from junction 69 (Gateshead Quays A184) to junction 67 (Coalhouse) between 8pm until 6am
  • A184 westbound full carriageway closure between 8pm until 6am

Tuesday 21 July:

  • northbound A1 will be closed from junction 67 (Coalhouse) to junction 69 (Gateshead Quays A184) between 8pm until 6am.
  • southbound A1 will also be closed from junction 68 (Lobley Hill) to junction 67 (Coalhouse) between 8pm until 6am.

Wednesday 22 July until Friday 25 July:

  • northbound A1 will be closed from junction 67 (Coalhouse) to junction 69 (Gateshead Quays A184) between 8pm until 6am.
  • northbound A1 will be closed from junction 68 (Lobley Hill) to junction 67 (Coalhouse) between 8pm until 6am.

Friday 25 July until Saturday 26 July:

  • A184 westbound full carriageway will be closed between 8pm until 6am.

Highways England Project Manager, Lynne Biddles, said:

We want to do everything we can to ensure this section of the A1 remains safe and reliable for many years to come and this investment in the drainage system will help us achieve that.

Work has been planned to minimise disruption but we would advise road users to allow extra time to complete their journeys.

The closures will take place as work continues on the £61 million A1 Coal House to Metro Centre improvement scheme.

Once the scheme is complete, almost 4 miles of the A1 will be widened to 3 lanes in both directions from the Coal House junction up to the Metro Centre junction.

Work is expected to be completed by Spring 2016.

For more information please visit the scheme web page.

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 16 July 2015