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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.

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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.

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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Warning of severe delays as A1 roadworks begin

Repair work on the Allerdene Bridge, which carries the A1 across the East Coast Main Line will take more than four weeks. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Motorists using the A1 Western Bypass near the Angel of the North will face severe delays next month.

Repair work on the Allerdene Bridge, which carries the A1 across the East Coast Main Line will take more than four weeks.

From July 20, the southbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane and the northbound to two lanes during the day and one lane at night. 100,000 vehicles use the route every day.

Severe delays expected in Gateshead as major roadworks begin

The Highways Agency is warning drivers to expect severe delays on the A1 around Gateshead this Summer as major roadworks get underway.

Repairs are being carried out on the Allerdene Bridge which handles around 100,000 vehicles a day. It passes over the East Coast mainline.

Work will take place 24 hours a day near the Team Valley and last for four and a half weeks. The Southbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane throughout.

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