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A1 sinkhole: What happened and how was it fixed?

The northbound A1 near Newcastle and Gateshead between junctions 67 (Coal House) and 68 (Lobley Hill) is now fully open after repairs to a hole on the carriageway were completed overnight.

A1 near to the Lobley Hill Interchange on the Northbound carriageway.

The hole, which was 3m deep, has now been filled with a specialist concrete mixture and holes were drilled to pump more material underneath the repair to prevent further collapse.

Lynne Biddles, Highways England Project Manager, said:

We have been working hard since the hole was discovered and we have now re-opened the road in time for this morning’s rush hour. I want to thank drivers for their patience as we carried out the urgent repairs.

– Lynne Biddles

Highways England worked with key partners to put measures in place to help ease congestion.

These included installing a contraflow on the southbound section of the A1 and putting local diversion routes in place. Toll barriers were also lifted for the Tyne Tunnel but are now back in place.

The large hole under the A1 was discovered on Saturday night when a slight dip in the road surface became apparent. Workers then cut around the dip to investigate and discovered a large void underneath the road surface.

Thankfully it was in a coned off stretch due to roadworks elsewhere on the A1, so there was no traffic using the road at the time.

Thousands of Beyonce fans thrilled by Sunderland performance

Tens of thousands of concert-goers flocked to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light last night, for what was one of the most spectacular shows ever staged at the home of Sunderland AFC.

Over 51,000 watched Beyonce perform in Sunderland. Credit: Sunderland AFC

Over 51,000 music fans saw Beyoncé kick off the European leg of her Formation world tour on Wearside and Queen Bey certainly didn’t disappoint her adoring fans.

The two-hour extravaganza saw the superstar showcase tracks from her latest album Lemonade, alongside crowd favourites such as Crazy in Love, Run the World and the Destiny’s Child classic, Survivor.

Beyonce performed favourites such as Crazy in Love, Run the World and the Destiny’s Child classic, Survivor. Credit: Sunderland AFC

Huge LED screens enveloped the stage, highlighting the flawless choreography from Beyonce and her crew. The global superstar ended an amazing night on Wearside with her number one hit Halo.

After the show, Sunderland AFC’s commercial director Gary Hutchinson, said:

To host the opening night of such a high profile tour is a clear demonstration of how the Stadium of Light is a major player on the concert circuit.

Add to this the England game we recently hosted here and you can see that, through hard work, effective partnerships and innovative thinking, we have built a first-class reputation for delivering successful major events in a leading venue.

– Gary Hutchinson
Beyonce performing in Sunderland. Credit: Sunderland AFC



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