Congestion and queuing traffic on A1 in Northumberland

Queuing traffic on the A1 north of Morpeth.
Queuing traffic on the A1 north of Morpeth.
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There are long queues in both directions on the A1 to the north of Morpeth due to one-way traffic controls on the single-carriageway stretch.

The traffic lights, on the northbound side of the road near the Tritlington/Ulgham turn-off, are to allow for verge maintenance and tree pruning to be carried out, but the reduction to one lane, controlled today by a stop/go sign, is leading to long tailbacks.

At noon today, the northbound side had traffic queuing back past the end of the dual-carriageway section and the junction with the A697 and the northern entrance to Morpeth, while the southbound queue was tailing back to Causey Park.