Press release

Drivers advised of resurfacing work to continue on A1 in Northumberland

Roadworks taking place on the A1 in Northumberland at Earsdon and Felton were lifted over Christmas, to help festive journeys go smoothly.

The remaining resurfacing work will take place between 8 and 18 January and when complete, will provide safer smoother journeys for drivers. The roadworks taking place in the New Year are over a shorter road length as much of the resurfacing work has already taken place.

Highways Agency project manager, Shaun Cullumbine, said:

Due to the poor weather experienced in December, there have been delays to the resurfacing work. We need to return to complete the work in January, however the roadworks at Felton will be much shorter in length. This is essential maintenance work which will improve the road surface, enhance the reflectivity of the road markings and improve safety for road users. It will also minimise the need for future work at these locations. During the closures drivers should allow extra time when travelling in the area.

Resurfacing work will take place overnight on the northbound and southbound A1 between Earsdon and Burgham, between 8pm and 6am.

For safety reasons, during the work there will be a 40mph speed limit in place between Fenrother Lane junction and Felton junction. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation and drivers will travel in convoy at 10mph through the roadworks area.

Work will also be taking place on the A1 southbound carriageway between Newton Low Hall and Felton, south of Alnwick.

The southbound carriageway between Hitchcroft junction and Felton North junction will be closed during the day and night, with drivers in contraflow on the northbound carriageway. For safety reasons, during the work there will be a 50mph speed limit in operation.

During both road schemes there will be restricted access on to A1 and diversion routes will be in place.

During the roadworks drivers are advised to plan their journeys and allow more time for travel. Drivers can get up-to-the-minute travel information by phoning the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by accessing the Agency’s website. Drivers can also download the Highways Agency’s iPhone app or follow updates via Twitter at @HAnews_neast

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

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