Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East – summary for Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 15 May and 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.

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A1M & A167 Junction 63, County Durham

There will be lane closures in place with various slip road closures for resurfacing work. Drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversions. The scheme is due to be completed by Friday 29 May.

A1M Junction 62 Durham to Junction 63 Chester-le-Street

Lane 2 is currently closed with traffic using the hard shoulder and lane 1 instead while work takes place to upgrade the barrier in the central reservation. The southbound side of the road will also be closed overnight on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 May, and the northbound side on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May. The closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversions. The scheme is due to be finished in June.

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, and a lane closure on the junction 52 roundabout between 9am and 4pm until the end of October.. The project is due to be completed by spring 2017.

A1 Lamesley to Swalwell

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 are also overnight lane closures between 8pm and 6am, and the southbound side of the A1 will be closed overnight at Lobley Hill from Monday 18 until Friday 22 May. A diversion will be in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2016.

A1 Seaton Burn Interchange, Cramlington, Northumberland

Overnight lane closures and some carriageway closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am while work takes place to upgrade the interchange. A 50mph speed limit will be in place, and the project is due to be completed by Friday 22 May.

A1 Alnwick, Northumberland

The southbound side of the A1 is currently closed near Alnwick while work takes place to refurbish a bridge. Traffic is running in both directions on the northbound carriageway 24 hours a day. Temporary traffic lights are also in use on the A1068 below the bridge. The project is due to be completed by August.

A1 Morpeth, Northumberland

There will be a lane closure in both directions between 8am and 5pm for construction work on the new bypass. The scheme is due to be completed by Friday 29 May.

A1 Felton to Denwick, Northumberland

There will be a lane closure in both directions for inspection work between 9am and 4pm until Tuesday 19 May.

A1 Westerhope to Denton Burn, Newcastle

The southbound exit slip road at Denton Burn and the southbound entry slip road at Westerhope will be closed overnight on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May to upgrade signs. The slip roads will be closed between 8pm and 6am, with a diversion in place.

A1 Seaton Burn to North Brunton, Newcastle

Vehicles will be led through the roadworks in convoys between 8pm and 6am on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May while work takes place to paint road markings.

A1 Eshott, Northumberland

Temporary traffic lights will operate between 8pm and 6am from Monday 18 until Saturday 23 May for survey work.

A19 Killingworth to Holystone, North Tyneside

The southbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm and 6am for resurfacing work until Tuesday 19 May. Drivers will be able to follow a clearly signed diversion route.

A66 Bowes, County Durham

There will be a lane closure in both directions for electrical work between 9.30am and 3.30pm from Monday 18 until Thursday 21 May.

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 15 May 2015