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Bridge beam lifted into place as part of A1 works

32 concrete beams will be lifted into place as part of a new structure on the A1 between Leeming and Baton.

The bridge beam lift starts today (Wednesday, 3rd December) and aims to be completed by Friday, weather permitting. The lifting operation will be visible from the A1 at Catterick but should not cause any disruption to traffic using the A1.

Although there will be no disruption to road users we are aware that the works’ visibility from the road could be a distraction to some drivers. So we would ask them to take extra care and to concentrate on the road ahead during these works

– Highways Agency spokesperson

Carriageway closure: A1 Leeming to Barton

A carriageway closure previously scheduled for the night of 29th November and postponed as a result of an unforeseen police led incident around Marne Barracks will now take place overnight on Sunday, 7th December, between 8pm and 6am.

In case of further complications, a contingency date has also been scheduled overnight on Wednesday, 17th December, between 8pm and 6am, to ensure that surfacing works are completed ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The southbound carriageway on the A1 between Barton junction and Scotch Corner junction will be closed so that urgent repair works to the surface of the southbound A1 carriageway can be carried out. Traffic will be diverted via the A68 (West Auckland), A688 (Staindrop and Stainton Grove), A67 (Barnard Castle), Newgate/Westwick Road, and the A66.

This closure is for essential safety work and has been scheduled overnight to try and minimise disruption for road users and local residents.

– Highways Agency project manager, Stuart Rea

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Delays as roadworks get underway on A1 Western Bypass

The roadworks are causing major delays on the A1 Western Bypass Credit: ITV News

There have been delays and slow traffic this morning, causing huge tailbacks, as major roadworks get underway on the A1 Western Bypass.

The roadworks are mostly affecting the Southbound carriageway - which is down to one lane.

The Northbound carriageway has also reduced down to two lanes.

The roadworks will be in place for the next four weeks.

Full report: Infrastructure investment

There has been huge disappointment, after hopes were dashed that the A1 in Northumberland would finally be upgraded.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced details of road and rail improvements but there was no mention of dualling the A1 between Morpeth and Berwick.

Gregg Easteal has taken a journey along the section of the route, meeting people whose lives are affected by the Government's decision:

MP defends Treasury stance over A1 upgrade

The Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has given a cautious welcome to the statement by Danny Alexander, despite the bitter disappointment for campaigners who had hoped for the dualling of the A1 in Northumberland.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury gave details of government spending on road and rail projects, but has ordered only a feasibility study for the A1 north of Newcastle.

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A1 in Northumberland misses out on upgrade to dual carriageway

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

The Government's failure to commit to dualling the A1 between Morpeth and Berwick has been greeted with disappointment by motorists and businesses in the region.

Speaking in the Commons today, June 27, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced details of road and rail improvements totalling £28 million.

Campaigners had hoped for an upgrade to the A1 in Northumberland, but it remains under review.

No commitment to dual A1 in Northumberland

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has outlined plans for a £100bn investment aimed at kick-starting economic growth.

There has been disappointment in the region after a proposal to dual the A1 was not included in investment plans.

It was hoped that long-delayed plans to dual the A1 road through Northumberland would finally be given the green light. It follows decades of campaigning for full dualling of the route between Newcastle and the Scottish Border.

There are plans to improve the A19 between Newcastle and South Shields.

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