Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East – summary for Monday 20 to Sunday 26 April

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 17 April 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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A1 Junction 56 Barton to Junction 51 Leeming Bar

There will be phases of night time lane and carriageway closures while work takes place to upgrade the road to motorway standard. The northbound side of the A1will be closed overnight for two nights between junction 50 at Ripon and Scotch Corner on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April. The southbound carriageway will also be closed between Scotch Corner and Junction 51 at Leeming Bar overnight on Saturday 25 April. The closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am, and drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes. The project is due to be completed by March 2017.

A1 Lamesley to Swalwell

Narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit are in place while work takes place to upgrade the section of the A1 past Gateshead. There are also night time lane closures in place north and southbound between 8pm and 6am. This includes overnight closures in both directions at Lobley Hill by the junction with the A692 from Monday 20 until Friday 24 April. A clearly signed diversion will be in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2016.

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 scheme is due to be finished by the end of May.

A1 Seaton Burn, Northumberland

Work to improve the junction with the A19 will be ongoing during April. Phases of night time lane closures and some carriageway closures will take place between 8pm and 6am. A 50mph speed restriction is currently in place.

A1 Alnwick, Northumberland, Alnwick South Bridge Refurbishment Phase 2

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 north and southbound between 8am and 5pm as part of a project to build a new bypass. The lane closures will remain in place until the end of April.

A1 Haggerston to Scremerston, Northumberland

There will be temporary traffic lights in operation north and southbound between 8pm and 6am until the end of April while surveys take place.

A1 Warreners House to Causey Park

There will be lane closures northbound between 8pm and 6am while work takes place to replace road markings. The scheme is due to be completed by Saturday 25 April.

A1 Smeafield

Temporary traffic lights will be in use between 8pm and 6am for drainage work overnight on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April.

A1 Stannington

There will be a lane closure southbound between 8pm and 6am on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April for maintenance work.

A1 Highfields Roundabout to Scottish Border

There will be lane closures both north and southbound between 9.30am and 3.30pm for investigation work until Wednesday 22 April.

There will be carriageway and lane closures both north and southbound for structural work between 8pm and 6am. The scheme is due to be finished in May.

A19 Killingworth to Holystone

The southbound carriageway will be closed for resurfacing between 8pm and 6am from Monday 20 April until mid-May. A clearly signed diversion will be in place.

A66 Bowes

Temporary traffic lights will be in use between 8pm and 6am from Monday 20 until Friday 24 April while investigative work takes place.

A696 Prestwick to Kenton Bar, Newcastle

The westbound side of the road will be closed for resurfacing between 8pm and 6am from Tuesday 14 April until early May. Clearly signed diversions will be in place. There will also be lane closures in both directions between 9am and 4pm on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April for investigative work.

General enquiries

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Published 17 April 2015