Resurfacing means A1 contraflow returns

Resurfacing roadworks on the A1 south of Alnwick in June this year.
Resurfacing roadworks on the A1 south of Alnwick in June this year.

It has become a very common sight for motorists on the A1 to the south of Alnwick – and the contraflow is set to return later this month.

Highways England’s contractor will be carrying out further resurfacing work on the dual-carriageway section of the A1 for two weeks from Monday, October 24.

However, the closure of the southbound carriageway and the requisite contraflow, which will run for 1.67km southwards from the Felton North junction, will only be overnight.

Between 8pm and 6am, the gaps in the central reservation will also be closed from 500m south of the Guyzance junction to the Felton North junction, while the Felton North, Swarland and Guyzance junctions will be closed.

A 50mph speed limit will be in place when the contraflow system is in operation and, at times, it may be necessary for traffic to be escorted through the works at 10mph.

These roadworks are the latest in a series of projects on the dual-carriageway section of A1 between Felton and Alnwick.

The northbound side between Felton and Newton on the Moor was closed for four weeks in June for resurfacing and before that, in January, it was the turn of the southbound carriageway between Alnwick and Newton on the Moor, lasting around two months.
Further north,
just more than a mile of the southbound A1 near Brownieside, on the dual-carriageway section to the north of Alnwick, was tackled over three weeks in August.

In 2015, there were months of restrictions during work to the A1 bridge at Alnwick.