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Latest plans for upgrade of A1 revealed.

Byline: Michael Muncaster Reporter

THOUSANDS of motorists will benefit from faster journey times once plans revealed yesterday for one of the region's busiest roads are realised.

A project to upgrade a stretch of the A1 in Northumberland which will see the existing single carriageway between Morpeth and Ellingham in Northumberland dualled to improve traffic flow was is being undertaken by Highways England.

The PS290m proposals were first revealed in May and the latest plans went on display at Northumberland Hall in Alnwick yesterday.

Officers have identified three possible options for upgrading the routes from Morpeth to Felton and want to hear which one motorists prefer.

Junction upgrades and overtaking lanes north of Ellingham are also being considered.

The following options have been identified for upgrading the Morpeth-to-Felton stretch: Orange route - Upgrade the existing road to a dual carriageway and create a pedestrian footbridge at Causey Park to maintain the existing public right of way.

Blue route: Widen the A1 except for two bypass sections of the new dual carriageway, one section east of the A1 around Causey Park Bridge and one west of the A1 between Helm and Felmoor Park.

Green route: Widen the A1 up to Priests Bridge. From there, the new A1 would move west of Tindale Hill and Causey Park Bridge. The new A1 would rejoin the existing road just north of Burgham Park.

Smaller-scale improvements are also being considered north of Ellingham, including creating an additional lane northbound between Cragmill junction and Low Middleton to allow overtaking, and making improvements to the Wooler Road, Cheswick and West Mains junctions.

Highways England expects the final plans to be announced in summer 2017, with work due to start the following year.

The entire project is expected to take until 2023 to complete.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 19, 2016
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