Roadworks continue on Alnwick’s A1 sliproad

Traffic lights have become a very familiar sight at the A1 bridge to the south of Alnwick.
Traffic lights have become a very familiar sight at the A1 bridge to the south of Alnwick.

Gasworks under the A1 bridge to the south of Alnwick are expected to be completed next week, but a separate scheme to add a lane is yet to begin.

The north of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is carrying out work to divert a gas main on the sliproad onto the southbound A1 (A1068).

The work started on Monday, October 19, just a couple of days after Highways England finished its repairs to the A1 bridge, which had been ongoing since February.

It involves lowering the existing medium-pressure gas main to make way for a new road and is expected to be completed by Friday, November 6.

The new road in question is the ghost right-hand lane for motorists turning onto the Shilbottle road – a planning obligation of the new McDonald’s.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the fast-food firm said they ‘will commence building work in the next couple of days, but don’t have a schedule outlining a completion date’ yet.

In order for NGN engineers to carry out their work safely and efficiently, it has been necessary to install temporary three-way traffic lights.

Jamie McMaster, NGN special operations design manager, said: “We know that no one likes roadworks and we want to apologise for any inconvenience to customers travelling on the A1068.

“We’re doing all we can to keep traffic moving while we carry out the work to divert the gas main and we’d like to thank members of the public for their understanding.”

For more information about the project, contact NGN’s customer-care team on 0800 040 7766, option seven or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk