Congestion and queuing traffic on A1 in Northumberland

Queuing traffic on the A1 north of Morpeth.
Queuing traffic on the A1 north of Morpeth.

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.