More details of A1 dualling schedule

A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.
A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.

An outline plan has been published to cover initial work for the A1 dualling project north of Morpeth.

The Highways England Delivery Plan provides details of approved road schemes throughout the country, with an outline of how progress will be made in the next five years.

It was confirmed in December that eight miles of the A1 will be dualled between Morpeth and Felton, and a further five miles from Alnwick to Ellingham, in the Government’s Roads Investment Strategy. In addition, enhancements will be made to the road north of Ellingham, such as passing lanes and better crossing facilities.

Preparation and planning for the upgrade is expected to take about four years, with a 12 to 18-month build time.

Now further details have been revealed.

Highways England says that this year there will be appraisal work on a range of options to inform consultation with key stakeholders, and traffic and environmental surveys will begin.

Next year it is scheduled to hold public exhibitions to consult on the proposals, and in 2017 recommendations will be made on the preferred route for the dualling scheme.

In 2018 construction would start on the enhancements to the A1 north of Ellingham, ahead of the dualling programme.

The wider Delivery Plan document states: “The road to successful implementation will not be straightforward, but we understand that our job is to deliver results and satisfy the people we serve.

“We will define success as the efficient, effective and safe implementation of this plan, resulting in a better road network for our customers and our neighbouring communities.”