Contraflow back as roadworks return to A1 in north Northumberland

Previous roadworks on the A1 near Newton on the Moor.
Previous roadworks on the A1 near Newton on the Moor.

Work to resurface around four miles of the A1 in north Northumberland, which will close the southbound carriageway, is to start on Monday.

Contractors for Highways England will be resurfacing the southbound carriageway of the A1 between Alnwick and Newton on the Moor.

A contraflow system will be in place, with the southbound carriageway closed to traffic. Vehicles will run in both directions on the northbound carriageway.

Highways England project manager Steve Bishop said: “When complete, this project will provide drivers with safer and smoother journeys along this stretch of the A1 in Northumberland.

“Every effort is being made to ensure disruption to traffic and residents is kept to a minimum and we’ll be using a contraflow system on the northbound carriageway to keep vehicles running in both directions.”

Traffic travelling north will be able to turn left off the carriageway, but not right, and traffic travelling south will not be able to turn left or right off the carriageway. All central reservation gaps will be closed for the duration.

Clearly-signed diversion routes will be in place for residents living off the A1 and these routes will be treated with salt if temperatures drop below freezing until the project is due to be completed at the end of February.

The X15 Arriva bus service will be affected by the work, but a shuttle bus has been arranged with Arriva to serve the villages of Hampeth and Shilbottle.

The X15 will run directly between Felton and Alnwick, omitting Hampeth, Shilbottle and the Lionheart Business Park. Buses will operate to the normal X15 timetable, but will run non-stop via the A1 between Felton and Willowburn Avenue (Homebase) in Alnwick.

A special shuttle service 115 will run between Morpeth, Shilbottle and Alnwick. The times at Alnwick, Shilbottle and the Lionheart Business Park will be the same as usual and buses will connect with the X15 in Morpeth and Alnwick for customers travelling further afield.

In Shilbottle, buses will run via North Side, Widow’s Row and Percy Road, serving all stops along the way. Unfortunately, we will not be able to serve the stops at The Farriers Arms. Customers who normally board and alight here should use the stop on Widow’s Row or those at St James’ Church. Click here for the full timetable.

The 115 will also not be able to serve Hampeth, as there is nowhere to safely turn buses around in this area. A separate taxi service, operated by Pheonix, will connect Hampeth with every journey on the 115 in Shilbottle. No pre-booking is required, and taxis will pick up and drop off at the usual bus stops. However, please be at your stop 10 to 15 minutes before the normal bus time to ensure you make the taxi connection.

Normal fares will apply, including through tickets for journeys that involve changing between the X15, 115 and the taxi shuttle service. Unfortunately, service 115 will not normally be operated by a MAX vehicle.