Progress update on A1 dualling scheme in Northumberland

A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.
A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.

Highways England hopes to have finalised routes and agreement from landowners for the dualling of the A1 in north Northumberland within the next nine months.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has met the Highways England team for an update on plans to dual the A1 between Morpeth and Felton, as well as improvements from Ellingham north to the Scottish border.

The team told Mrs Trevelyan that good preliminary work has taken place throughout the year on environmental work, initial planning on potential routes for both the dualling part of the investment and the junction improvements and crawler lanes on the northern stretch. They hope to hold full public meetings to show the detailed, worked-out plans in the autumn of 2016.

Mrs Trevelyan said: “Building roads really isn’t straightforward, there are so many variables to join together and evidence to gather. Statutory bodies like the National Grid have to get any works on the gas main which runs alongside the existing road sorted out before diggers can start doing anything, for instance.

“I am really encouraged by the detailed work already in place and very impressed by the commitment and determination of the dedicated team at Highways England. They have a website set up at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/The-A1-in-Northumberland and you can register to get regular updates from them.”

Mrs Trevelyan is keen to get local people’s views on specific junction improvements, so they can be fed into the Highways England team and worked into the plans.

“As part of the planning works on where to do junction improvements, we need to explain to the team why stretches like the Adderstone Mains stretch coming round to Mousen Bends is in need of straightening out and also we need your thoughts on how you think the West Mains/Holy Island turning might best be improved, be it wider road, better slip road or a roundabout.

“In order to gather your views, I have set up a short survey on which you can share your views and experiences. By gathering as much up-to-date data as possible, this will help the team to crystallise their detailed plans.”

You can take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2R99BMR