A1

A1 and A1(M)

Great North Road
London
to
Edinburgh

The A1 is the UK's longest numbered road and probably its most famous, linking London with Edinburgh and forming the backbone of the road network in mainland Britain.

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A1 Elkesley Junctions Improvement 8 March 2017

A new two level junction is proposed to replace the current junctions. A new local link road over the A1 will mean that road users will not have to use the busy trunk road to access the village.

The existing 50mph speed limit will be removed, returning the A1 to National Speed Limit, from west of Elkesley to the eastern end of the village. Part of the current 50mph limit will be retained until the junction at Gamston, east of Elkesley, is improved in a later scheme.

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A1 Birtley to Coal House 6 September 2016

The scheme involves widening the existing A1 between J65 (Birtley) and J67 (Coal House), near Gateshead, to provide three lanes each way. In order to accommodate the wider carriageway, the Allerdene bridge over the East Coast main line (between J66-67) will be replaced.

The aims of the scheme are to reduce congestion and improve safety. It follows the earlier A1 Coal House to Metro Centre scheme which provided a third lane on the section immediately to the north.

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A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement 27 July 2016

Widening the existing A1 dual carriageway west of Gateshead from two to three lanes in each direction, and constructing parallel link roads between the Lobley Hill and Gateshead Quays junctions for local traffic. The aims of this scheme are to increase capacity, improve safety, and reduce congestion on a section of the Gateshead western bypass.

This scheme replaces the earlier A1 Lobley Hill to Dunston scheme, which was more limited in scope.

Construction began on 26 August 2014.

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A1 Morpeth - Ellingham 16 January 2015

Upgrade of existing single and dual carriageway A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham north of Alnwick in Northumberland to dual two-lane "Expressway" standard throughout, with grade-separated junctions.

Safety and performance enhancements will also be made to the section of the A1 north of Ellingham, including three new sections of climbing lane and safety measures to five right-turn junctions. There will also be a range of other safety enhancements for non-motorised road users.

This scheme was previously listed as A1 Morpeth-Alnwick.

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A1 Adderstone - Belford 31 May 2011

Upgrade of existing route between Adderstone and Belford to dual two-lane standard, though it is not likely that any of the junctions will be grade-separated.

In July 2006 the Government announced that it had accepted the reccommendations of the Regional Transport Board for the North East, which did not identify this scheme as a funding priority in the period to 2016. The dualling scheme is now officially "not currently being progressed". In simpler terms it has been canned.

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A1 Peterborough - Blyth 26 October 2009

Grade-separation of remaining at-grade junctions on the 74 mile section between the A1(M) at Peterborough and Blyth, closing central reservation gaps and finally removing the remaining six roundabouts which are increasingly unsafe due to traffic levels and speeds. The work breaks down to six smaller schemes:

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A1 Rainton Crossroads 26 October 2008

A small scale junction improvement scheme at the dangerous Rainton crossroads. Currently this is a flat junction just a few miles north of the end of the motorway at Dishforth. The A1 here is due to be upgraded to motorway within the next few years anyway, but this junction is seen as such a priority that it is to be grade separated immediately. A flyover will be constructed but the exact layout of the new junction is not yet confirmed.

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A1 Haddington - Dunbar 26 October 2008

Realignment of the existing single-carriageway A1 onto a new-build dual carriageway, built to near motorway standard with two traffic lanes plus hard shoulder in each direction. The new route will run slightly to the south of the current alignment, from the terminus of the existing dual carriageway at Haddington to the roundabout at the start of the Dunbar bypass.

A recent study reccommended that two intermediate junctions should not be constructed: the plan, now accepted, will have no junctions except at its two terminii.

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