Press release

Overnight closure on A1 in Gateshead this weekend

There will be a number of overnight closures on the A1 in Gateshead from Friday (21 August) to allow drainage and traffic management work to be carried out.

The southbound A1 will be closed from junction 69 (A184 Gateshead Quays) to junction 67 (Coal House) from Friday 21 August to Sunday 23 August, and between junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) and junction 69 (A184 Gateshead Quays) on Monday 24 August. All closures will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am.

Overnight closures will also apply from Monday 24 August until 27 August and on Tuesday 1 September, between 8pm and 6am, on the northbound A1 between junction 67 (Coal House) and junction 71 (Metro Centre) for the traffic management to be moved to the northern section between junctions 69 (A184 Gateshead Quays) and 71 (Metro Centre).

Highways England project manager, Lynne Biddles, said:

We’re advising people to allow extra time for their journeys when the closures are taking place, although we’ve deliberately timed the work to be carried out when traffic levels are at their lowest. They will also be removed during the bank holiday weekend.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place during the closure. There will be a separate diversion route for heavy goods vehicles to avoid a low bridge at Lobley Hill Road.

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 between Coal House junction and the Metro Centre junction.

Work is expected to be completed by spring 2016.

More information about the scheme and the diversions can be found on the project web page.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

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