Press release

Safer smoother journeys for drivers on the northbound A1 Morpeth Bypass

Work to provide a new smoother road surface for drivers using the northbound A1 Morpeth Bypass in Northumberland, will start tonight.


Resurfacing, road marking and road studs work will begin on Friday 6 June. The northbound A1 will be closed overnight from 6 to 9 June between Clifton Interchange and Warreners House Interchange (Morpeth North). During the closure a clearly signed diversion route will be in place. The closures are needed to resurface deep sections of the road. This work requires large machinery and it is not possible to keep the northbound carriageway open.

Further work to resurface the northbound carriageway will take place between 14 July and 11 August. During the work northbound and southbound traffic will be in contraflow on the southbound carriageway and the northbound carriageway will be closed.

Highways Agency project manager Nick Adshead said:

This work will provide an improved road surface for drivers and improve safety along this section of the A1. The work is being carried out in two phases to minimise the impact of the work on drivers. During the closures there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place and drivers are asked to take extra care and leave more time for their journeys. The second phase of work does not require as much machinery and we are able to keep one lane of traffic in each direction in contraflow on the southbound carriageway.

Drivers wishing to travel northbound on the A1 between 6 and 9 June should exit the A1 at Clifton Interchange, take the A197 and travel through Morpeth and return at Warreners House Interchange (Morpeth North) on the A192.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

Media enquiries

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

Published 6 June 2014