Former Assistant Manager John Carver has been appointed Newcastle United head coach until the end of the season. After the announcement Carver said: "This is a proud day for me".
Both lanes on the A1 southbound are now following broken down vehicle near Dunston Road.
One lane remains closed northbound, so motorists are advised to use an alternative route if possible.
Sunderland have drawn Bradford City for the fifth round of the FA Cup.
They are get to cement their place in the next stage of the competition having held Fulham to a 0-0 draw at home this weekend.
The Black Cats will now travel to Craven Cottage on February 3 to see who will face Bradford City, who produced a shock victory against Premier League leaders Chelsea to advance to the next round of the FA Cup.
Middlesbrough are set to face Arsenal away in the FA Cup fifth round.
Boro advanced to the next stage of the competition after beating Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad.
They will now play the Gunners on the weekend of February 14th.
There is currently heavy traffic on the A1 in Gateshead and Newcastle, police say.
A broken down vehicle is currently blocking one lane southbound, just before Dunston Road.
One lane remains closed northbound at Blaydon Bridge due to damage caused to the barrier in a collision this morning.
Officers are in the area to help keep traffic disruption to a minimum.
Newcastle United have confirmed that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Here are five things you may not know about him:
- Carver was born in Newcastle and once played for Gateshead.
- He was also caretaker manager at St James' Park during 2004.
- He's was head coach of Toronto FC during 2008.
- During his time in the MLS he was charged $750 for openly criticising the standard of refereeing.
- Though his head coach role is only until the end of summer Carver is contracted with Newcastle until 2020.
Former Assistant Manager John Carver has been appointed Newcastle United head coach until the end of the season.
Carver said: "This is a proud day for me.
"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.
"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."
There are reports that Newcastle United will confirm John Carver as head coach until the end of the season.
The club have not officially confirmed the appointment but it is thought confirmation will come today, January 26
The body recovered from the River Wear in Durham city last Friday afternoon has now been formally identified as Euan Coulthard.
The 19-year-old was reported missing on Thursday, 15th January after he failed to return home following a night out.
The results of post mortem examination will be forwarded to HM Coroner but police are satisfied there are no suspicious circumstances regarding Euan’s death.
The coroner is expected to arrange for an inquest to open, probably later this week.