Press release

Improvements works to be carried out on the A1 in Northumberland

improvments to the northbound A1 carriageway between Seven Mile Bridge and Stannington Bridge.

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Work to improve the northbound A1 carriageway between Seven Mile Bridge and Stannington Bridge in Northumberland will begin on Monday 3 August.

The work involves resurfacing the carriageway and replacing kerbs, road markings and studs. The scheme includes improvements to lighting in the area and resurfacing work on the Shotton interchange northbound entry slip road.

The work which is due to be completed by Friday 18 September will be carried out in phases. Highways England’s project manager, Steve Bishop, said:

We are carrying out this improvement work mainly at night to minimise disruption to road users. It’s essential that the work takes place so that drivers can benefit from smoother and safer journeys.

From Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August the northbound A1 carriageway will be closed from 8pm to 6am from Seaton Burn to Shotton Interchange. Traffic will be diverted at Seaton Burn interchange to Fisher Lane roundabout and on to the Old Great North Road towards Shotton interchange.

From Saturday 8 August there will be a closure of the A1 southbound carriageway between Stannington Station and Seaton Burn from 8pm to 6am. Traffic will be diverted via the A192 and A1068 to Fisher Land roundabout and back in to the A1.

Work will be carried out via a mixture of daytime and nighttime work from Sunday 9 August to Wednesday 15 September. The northbound carriageway will be closed for resurfacing and traffic will run in contraflow on the A1 southbound carriageway from south of the A197 Clifton Interchange to north of Seven Mile Bridge. No work will take place over the Bank Holiday between Thursday 27 August and Monday 31 August.

During the works the Shotton Interchange northbound entry slip road will be fully resurfaced. Work will take place at various times between Monday 10 August and Thursday 27 August, in a mixture of daytime and nighttime work, and the slip road will be closed to through traffic when this work is taking place. Traffic wishing to travel north will be diverted south to Seaton Burn Interchange and into the contraflow.

Bus services will be affected by the closure and a dedicated replacement bus stop and shuttle bus has been agreed with Arriva. The shuttle bus will start at Stannington Village 5 minutes before the scheduled service and take passengers between the village and Blagdon next to the junction with Blagdon Lane where customers will be able to rejoin the service bus. It will then go to Stannington Station to take passengers into Morpeth. More information can be found at the Arriva website.

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 31 July 2015