A1(M) Leeming - Barton

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Scheme Outline

Scheme details

March 2014 - June 2017
Under construction
New road under motorway restrictions
£ 380.3m
Highways England
Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
Central Government
19 km
12 miles

Upgrade of the existing dual carriageway A1 between Leeming Bar and Barton to a dual three-lane motorway. This scheme will remove the last remaining all-purpose section of A1 between West Yorkshire and Gateshead, and will finally connect the north-east conurbation of Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland to the national motorway network.

These works were originally proposed as a single scheme to upgrade the whole section from Dishforth (J49) to Barton (J56), but that scheme was split in two and in the spending cuts following the financial crisis in 2008, this half of the scheme was put on indefinite hold. As a result the southern half, Dishforth to Leeming, was completed in 2012, but work did not start on the northern half until almost two years later.

As well as complete reconstruction of the existing road and some minor realignment, the works also include the construction of a parallel Local Access Road to cater for the many side turnings and property accesses that currently have direct access to the A1.

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13 November 2015 The new Catterick Central junction opened to traffic on 12 November 2015, according to the Highways England website..
4 October 2016 A1 will be closed from 7 to 9 October in both directions between junction 51 (Leeming Bar) and Scotch Corner for the replacement of Fort Bridge, according to Highways England's website.
27 April 2017 Because of archaeological finds and other delays the work will not be complete until the end of the year. The southern section between Leeming and Catterick is expected to open in late summer.

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More information

Official website
Highways England: A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement

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With thanks to Stephen G, Janusz and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 2 May 2017.