Weekend road closures

Drivers are advised of overnight weekend closures on the A1.

The road will be closed in North Yorkshire in both directions on:

• Saturday, February 21 (8pm to 6am) – to remove overhead electricity cables.

• Saturday, February 28 (8pm to 6am) – to switch the traffic management to allow hard shoulder running.

• Saturday, March 7(8pm to 6am) – to switch the traffic management to allow hard shoulder running.

• Saturday, March 14 (8pm to 6am) – to switch the traffic management to allow hard shoulder running and removal of overhead electricity cables.

Northbound the carriageway will be closed between junction 50 (Baldersby) and Scotch Corner. Southbound it will be closed between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming). Diversions will be in place and drivers are advised to allow an extra 15 to 30 minutes for their journey time.

In addition there will be overnight closures of the northbound carriageway between Scotch Corner and junction 56 (Barton) from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6 to prepare for traffic management switch. Diversions will be in place, but drivers are advised that the diversion route is approximately 40 miles long and they should allow an extra 50 minutes for their journey time.

Highways Agency Senior Project Manager Martin Neal said: “The closures are needed for the safe removal of overhead electricity cables and to amend the current traffic management. During these closures we ask that drivers plan their journeys. Diversion routes will be clearly signed and drivers should allow extra time for travelling.”

Work to widen a 12-mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Barton, and to create an alternative route for local traffic, started in March 2014. The scheme will create a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle, including the M1 and A1M.