Press release

Overnight closures for A1 at Gateshead

Stretch of the A1 at Gateshead closed overnight from tonight, Monday 25 January.

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A stretch of the A1 at Gateshead will be closed overnight from tonight, Monday 25 January, as part of a major project to add an extra lane to the dual carriageway.

Contractors for Highways England are currently widening the A1 to 3 lanes and creating a new parallel link road between Lobley Hill and Gateshead Quays which will reduce congestion and support development and economic growth.

All the closures will take place from Monday to Friday, between 8pm and 6am, to complete work in the central reservation. Clearly signed diversion will be in place, including a separate diversion for heavy goods vehicles.

Highways England project manager Lynne Biddles said:

We understand there have been a lot of closures on the A1 but it is essential that this work takes place and we would like to thank drivers for their patience so far.

The closures will take place overnight when traffic levels are at their lowest in order to keep disruption to a minimum.

From tonight through to the end of February, the A1 will be closed overnight between junction 67 (Coal House) and junction 69 (Gateshead Quays).

From Monday 29 February for a week, the A1 will be closed overnight between junction 67 and junction 73 (Derwenthaugh).

From Monday 7 March until Easter weekend, the northbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 67 and 69, and on the southbound carriageway between junctions 69 and 68 (Lobley Hill).

From Easter until the completion of the scheme there will also be a series of closures between junctions 67 and 69.

All the details about the closures will be available on the scheme webpage.

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 25 January 2016