Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East – summary for Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September

Planned new and ongoing road improvements.

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 28 August 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.

More than 400 miles of roadworks are being removed from motorways and major roads across England this weekend, to help bank holiday trips go smoothly. Highways England always removes as many roadworks as possible at busy times, and will complete or lift 177 sets of roadworks for the late August getaway.

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 motorwaystandards. There will also be narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction 24 hours a day, and a lane closure on the junction 51 roundabout between 9am and 4pm until the end of October. The southbound carriageway will be closed overnight, from 8pm until 6am, between Scotch Corner and junction 51, from Tuesday 1 until Friday 4 September. 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 are also overnight lane closures between 8pm and 6am. The southbound side of the A1 will be closed overnight between Scotswood and Coalhouse interchange, and in both directions at Lobley Hill. This will take place from Tuesday 1 until Friday 4 September, with diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2016.

A1 Alnwick, Northumberland

The southbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm and 6am on Tuesday 1 September for bridge refurbishment work. There will then be daytime lane closures in place between 8am and 5pm. The project is due to be completed by Sunday 13 September

A1 Stannington, Northumberland

Traffic will run in both directions on the southbound carriageway while work takes place to resurface the northbound carriageway until 6am on Wednesday 9 September. There will then be a 24 hour lane closure until the project is finished on Friday 11 September.

A1 Newton on the Moor to Shilbottle, Northumberland

There will be a lane closure in both directions, between 9am and 4.30pm, for sign upgrades from Tuesday 1 until Friday 4 September.

A1 Haggerston to Scremerston, Northumberland

Temporary traffic lights will be in use overnight, between 8pm and 6am, for survey work on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September.

A66 Bowes to Cumbrian border, County Durham

The westbound carriageway is closed for resurfacing with vehicles using a contraflow system on the eastbound carriageway. The project is due to be completed by the end of September.

A66 Cross Lanes to Rokeby Grange, County Durham

Drivers will be led through the roadworks in convoys overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Tuesday 1 September while work takes place to paint road markings and white lines.

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.