Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East: summary for Monday 23 to Sunday 29 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 20 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. From Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May there will be a carriageway closure northbound between junction 50 and Scotch Corner and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51. All these closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, with diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by summer 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. From Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May there will be a carriageway closure northbound between junctions 67 and 70, and southbound between junctions 69 and 67. All these closures will take place 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. From Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May there will be a carriageway closure northbound, taking place between 8pm and 7am with a diversion in place. There will also be a 24 hour lane closure in place north and southbound until the project is completed.

A1 Alnwick, Northumberland

There will be a carriageway closure north and southbound for structural work. This will take place until Monday 23 May between 8pm and 6am.

A1 Felton, Northumberland

There will be traffic signals in place north and southbound for survey work. This will take place from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May 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.

A1 Holystone Interchange, North Tyneside

There will be various phases of carriageway, lane and slip road closures for structural work. This will take place until Monday 23 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 23 May to mid 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

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.