Press release

Work starts to improve safety on four North East roads

A £2.7 million scheme to improve safety on four of the North East’s roads will begin on 9 February.

Overnight work to replace white road markings and studs will take place on sections of the A1(M) from Barton in North Yorkshire to Carrville in County Durham; the A1 from Morpeth to Denton Burn in Newcastle, the A19 from Howdon Interchange to Seaton Burn and the A696 Prestwick Roundabout to Kenton Bar.

The four schemes will see the removal and reinstatement of existing white road markings in both directions as well as the replacement of road studs where required. The eastbound carriage of the A696 will only be affected.

The work will take place on the following dates:

  • A1(M) junction 56 (Barton) – junction 62 (Carrville) northbound, 9 February – 8 March 8pm to 6am (excluding 14 February)
  • A1(M) junction 56 (Barton) – junction 62 (Carrville) southbound, 8 March – 3 April 8pm to 6am (excluding 28 March)
  • A1 Coquet Bridge to Denton Burn Interchange 17 February – 8 April 8pm to 6am (excluding 14 February and 28 March)
  • A19 Howdon Interchange to Moor Farm, 16 – 27 February 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday nights only
  • A19 Moor Farm to Fisher Lane 2 – 17 March 8pm to 6 am Monday to Friday nights only
  • A19 Killingworth Interchange northbound entry slip only, 16 – 17 March 8pm to 6am
  • A696 Prestwick to Kenton Bar 16 – 21 February 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday nights only.

There will be road, lane and slip road closures with clearly signed diversions in place.

Highways Agency Project Manager Chris Corcoran said:

Safety is our top priority and these four schemes will ensure drivers have increased visibility on our road network.

The work will take place overnight to minimise disruption to motorists and we ask that they drive carefully and follow the clearly signed diversion routes.

General enquiries

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

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