Video depicts how a dualled A1 would look

A new video showing what a dualled A1 would look like between Morpeth and Felton has been released, as part of a consultation on the scheme.

Thursday, 28th June 2018, 10:29 am
Updated Friday, 29th June 2018, 3:29 pm
The new section of road to the left, changing course at Priest's Bridge.

In September, the preferred option for this stretch was announced – building a new carriageway to the west of the existing road between Priest’s Bridge and Burgham Park.

Highways England (HE) said this would improve safety and be more efficient and safer for workers during construction. The existing A1 will act as a local road once the scheme has been completed.

A map of the proposals.

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Recently, HE launched a public consultation to give people a final chance to have their say on the plan; to see the proposals in more detail and to provide feedback.

The consultation runs until July 29, and people can visit or drop into one of the public events in July (see link for details).

As part of this, HE has unveiled a video which shows a birds-eye view of how the dualled road would look, including a new bridge for the southbound carriageway over the River Coquet and how the new section of road will change course at Priest’s Bridge.

Berwick Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said she was delighted, urged people to take part in the consultation and described the video as fascinating.

The new bridge over the River Coquet.

Northumberland Labour Group chairman Coun Scott Dickinson said he welcomes anything which improves this stretch of road, but ‘it seems to have taken a long time to get to this point’.

He added: “It seems to be a big sell on what seems a small stretch.”

The Morpeth to Felton scheme is part of a £290million investment to upgrade the road in Northumberland.

Work to the dual the section between Alnwick and Ellingham is continuing and there will be a consultation on these preliminary proposals in 2019.

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This year, HE plans to start junction improvements at Adderstone, Fenham, Old Mousen, Outchester and Newstead.