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A1 delay warning as repairs needed to Blaydon viaduct

Drivers are being warned of delays on the A1 while repair work on the Blaydon Haugh Viaduct are carried out.

One lane will be closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) and junction 74 (Scotswood) for the rest of this week while temporary repairs are made to the bridge joint. There will also be full closures of the northbound carriageway overnight so preparatory work can be carried out to the other lane.

Contractors for Highways England are working on a temporary solution which when complete will allow traffic to run at the usual 50mph speed limit until a permanent solution takes place in about six months time.

We would like to thank drivers for their patience while we carry out this repair and will fully open the bridge to traffic as soon as it is safe to do so.”

– Highways England project manager Mike Hoult

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Watch: Flyover of proposed £20m roundabouts revamp

Newcastle City Council have released a video as part of consultations over a £20m revamp of Blue House and Haddricks Mill roundabouts in the city.

“These junctions are some of the most unsafe and congested in the city; our priority is to make them safer and reduce congestion for road-users, which will also enable economic growth in the city."

– Cabinet member for investment and development, Coun Ged Bell

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Allardyce thanks 'magnificent' Sunderland supporters

England manager Sam Allardyce during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel, St George's Park Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to Sunderland supporters after departing the club to become England manager.

In his first press conference as England boss at St George's Park, Allardyce said:

I had a really good time at Sunderland. The fans were magnificent for me.

Hopefully the England fans will enjoy my time with them just as much as the Sunderland fans did last season.

– Sam Allardyce, England manager
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