Press release

Drivers reminded of a second A1 overnight weekend closure for motorway upgrade work, North Yorkshire

Drivers are reminded that the A1 in North Yorkshire will be closed overnight on 19 July as part of major work to upgrade part of the A1 to a three-lane motorway.

Highways Agency senior project manager Sandie Forte-Gill said:

The closure is required for safe installation of traffic management including narrow lanes, temporary safety barriers and additional average speed cameras. The traffic management is necessary to enable the safe construction of the new motorway.

The closure last weekend (12 July) went ahead as planned and once again we ask that drivers plan their journeys and allow extra time for travelling along the diversion routes.

The A1 will be closed overnight on 19 July, from 8pm on Saturday evening until 6am on Sunday morning. The

A1 and A1(M) will be closed northbound between junction 50 (Baldersby) and Scotch Corner, and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming). The 10 hour closure has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to drivers and will be put in place when traffic flows are at their lowest. On completion of this overnight closure, narrow lane running will be extended within the temporary 50mph speed limit area.

Work to widen a 12 mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Scotch Corner, and to create an alternative route for local traffic, started earlier in March. The scheme will unlock growth and boost the economy by creating a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle (including the M1 and A1M).

When the scheme opens to traffic in 2016/17, journey times between Leeming and Barton will be reduced by approximately 20 per cent, and over a sixty-year period, the improvements are predicted to save around 100 lives and prevent around 650 serious casualties. The work is also estimated to generate 750 jobs in the construction industry over three years.

The work is part of a £380m scheme to upgrade 12 miles of the A1 between Leeming and Barton to motorway standard. Following the decision on the route of the proposed local access road, work on the remaining section, between Scotch Corner and Barton, will start in due course For more information on the scheme, visit the project pages on the Highways Agency’s website.

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