Road works to improve safety

A £2.7million scheme to improve safety on four North East roads begins this week.

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) to junction 62 (Carrville) northbound, February 9 to March 8, 8pm to 6am (excluding February 14).

• A1(M) junction 56 (Barton) to junction 62 (Carrville) southbound, March 8 to April 3, 8pm to 6am (excluding March 28).

• A1 Coquet Bridge to Denton Burn Interchange, February 17 to April 8, 8pm to 6am (excluding March 28).

• A19 Howdon Interchange to Moor Farm, February 16 to 27, 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday nights only.

• A19 Moor Farm to Fisher Lane, March 2 to 17, 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday nights only.

• A19 Killingworth Interchange northbound entry slip only, March 16 and 17, 8pm to 6am.

• A696 Prestwick to Kenton Bar, February 16 to 21, 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.”