Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East: summary for Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May 2016

Summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 13 May but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

A1 junction 56 Barton to junction 51 Leeming Bar

There will be phases of overnight lane closures and full carriageway closures while work takes place to upgrade the road to motorway standards. There will also be narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction 24 hours a day. On Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May there will be a carriageway closure northbound between junction 50 and Scotch Corner and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51. These closures will take place between 8pm and 6am. All closures will have diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2017.

A1 Lamesley to Swalwell, Gateshead

Narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit are in place while work is carried out to upgrade the section of the A1 past Gateshead. There will be a carriageway closure northbound between junctions 67 and 70, and southbound between junctions 69 and 67. The northbound entry slip road at junction 68 and the southbound entry slip road at junction 70 will also be closed. All these closures will take place from Monday 16 to Friday 20 May between 8pm and 6am, with diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by early summer 2016.

A1 Morpeth, Northumberland

There will be work ongoing until the end of 2016 for the construction of a bypass. There will be various phases of daytime and night time lane and carriageway closures, with narrow lanes and a 40mph speed restriction in place. There will also be a 24 hour lane closure in place north and southbound until the project is completed.

A1 Felton to Denwick, Northumberland

There will be phases of lane closures north and southbound for inspection work. This will take place until Tuesday 17 May between 9am and 4pm.

A1 Alnwick, Northumberland

There will be a carriageway closures for bridge maintenance work. The southbound will be closed on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Monday 23 May and the northbound carriageway will be closed Tuesday 24 May. All the closures will be between 8pm and 6am.

A66 Blands Corner to Blackwell, Darlington, County Durham

There will be a carriageway closure east and westbound for resurfacing work. This will take place until mid June between 8pm and 6am, with diversions in place. There will also be a 40mph speed restriction in place during the daytime.

A66 Cumbrian Border to Scotch Corner

There will be phases of lane closure east and westbound for investigation work. This will take place from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 May between 9am and 4pm.

A1 Holystone Interchange, North Tyneside

There will be various phases of carriageway, lane and slip road closures to carry out essential bridge maintenance works to the A19 Coast Railway bridge. This will take place until Wednesday 25 May between 8pm and 6am.

A696 Woolsington Interchange, Newcastle Upon Tyne

There will be a lane closure in place northbound for improvement work. This will take place from Monday 16 May to early June between 8am and 6pm.

General enquiries

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

Media enquiries

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