A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement

Project status:   Current


Start date:   March 2014
End date:  By the end of June 2017


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  £380.3 million


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Open now - archaeology exhibition

Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to see what archaeologists uncovered next to our road scheme. We’re working with Northern Archaeological Associates to provide an exhibition of the finds at Richmondshire museum – open now until 31 October.

The display includes artefacts dating between the Middle Stone age, Iron Age and Roman period. Rare finds include a miniature sword, complete with iron blade and a bone handle which was recovered during excavations at Scotch Corner – thought to be an offering for the gods.

For more information about Richmondshire museum, including how to get there, visit their webpage.

‘Coast to Coast’ walking route

For safety reasons, due to the volume of works that are being undertaken at the Agricola Bridge (adjacent to the River Swale) we have applied for a temporary closure of the Coast to Coast route. An alternative route on the south side of the river Swale uses the A6136 and crosses a temporary bridge over the A1. This closure will be in place throughout the duration of this scheme. To view the latest order and a diversion map published by North Yorkshire County Council please visit their website.

What is happening?

In December 2012 the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Autumn Statement to parliament announcing the decision to proceed with the remaining section of the A1 Dishforth to Barton scheme, between Leeming and Barton.

When and where is this happening?

The temporary traffic regulation order came into force on 3 April 2014 allowing us to install traffic management, including reduced speed limits and narrow lanes, on the A1 between Leeming A1(M) junction 51 and Barton junction 56. Main construction works are now underway between Leeming A1(M) junction 51 and A1 Scotch Corner junction in North Yorkshire.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

The 12 mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Barton carries between 59,000 to 69,000 vehicles per day. It has poor alignment with many side road junctions, farms and field accesses. The accident rate is broadly in line with the national average for older dual carriageways, but the severity ratio is significantly higher. Incidents often lead to full closure of the route with lengthy diversions. This is the only section of non-motorway on the strategic M1/A1(M) route between London and Newcastle.

The estimated final outturn of £380 million was approved by the Secretary of State in January 2014 prior to the start of construction in March 2014.

How will the scheme be carried out?

The A1 Leeming to Barton upgrade will replace the existing dual carriageway with a new three lane motorway. It will also include the provision of a new local access road alongside the new motorway, improving safety for local traffic from the surrounding communities. Access to the strategic road network will be via a new grade separated junction at Catterick and an improved junction at Scotch Corner.

What are the benefits?

The primary objective of the project is to improve safety and to improve journey time reliability between London and major urban centres in the north of England and Scotland.

How do I find out more information ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Email us at: A1​LeemingtoBarton@​highwaysengland.​co.​uk

Write to us at: A1 Leeming to Barton Project Team, Major Projects North, Highways England, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD

Or at: A1 Leeming to Barton Site Office, Leases Farm Quarry, Leases Bridge, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, DL8 1DU (telephone 01677 932 348).

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

A series of temporary road works are needed at varying locations and times for the remainder of the construction programme. The temporary works expected include various overnight lane closures and on the A1 along with two way temporary traffic lights on local roads. Lane closures (including hard shoulder) are not expected to impact on journey times, as work will take place overnight with the road remaining open throughout the day.

Please note a 50mph speed limit with narrow lanes will be in place until the completion of the scheme.

For more details on any roadworks that may affect your planned journeys please refer to the table below.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
02/05/2014 to 31/03/201724 hoursA1 northbound and southbound between junction 51 (Leeming) and junction 56 (Barton) – 50mph speed limit with average speed camera detection and narrow lanes (width restrictions apply) in various locations.5 mins
On-going24 hoursA1 northbound Lane 2 between junction 51 (Leeming) and Catterick south junction – HGV (> 7.5t) Enforced restrictions.N/A
On-going24 hoursTunstall Road to Catterick Lane Link Road full closure.10 mins
12/07/2014 to 31/03/201724 hoursCatterick North junction southbound entry slip road on to A1 southbound permanently closed.10 mins
26/08/2014 to 31/03/201724 hoursScurragh House Lane from the junction with the A1 southbound permanently closed.5 mins
05/09/2014 to 31/03/201724 hoursTunstall Road and Catterick Lane, Catterick - two way temporary traffic lights for heavy plant crossings.N/A
17/11/2014 to 31/03/201724 hoursScotch Corner northbound entry slip road – Lay-by permanently closed.N/A
19/01/2015 to 31/03/201724 hoursLeases Lane from junction with the A1 northbound permanently closed. (Diversion via Catterick Lane).5 mins
17/08/2015 to 31/03/201724 hoursCatterick North junction northbound exit slip permanently closed. Diversion via A1 northbound to Scotch Corner and back to Catterick North on the southbound carriageway (see Diversion Map 9 below).10 mins
11/11/2015 to 11/04/201724 hoursA6136 – Fort Bridge closed for demolition (see Diversion Map 10 below).10 mins
On-going24 hoursAccess to A1 at Low street and St. Annes Cross permanently closed.N/A
On-going24 hoursCatterick South junction northbound exit slip on the A1 northbound permanently closed – diversion via Catterick central junction.10 mins
29/03/2016 to 24/06/201624 hoursCatterick junction south/Catterick Lane – two way traffic lights.N/A
27/06/2016 to 03/07/201624 hoursScotch Corner Roundabout – lane closure.N/A
17/06/2016 to 24/06/20167:30am to 5:30pmScurragh Lane – two way traffic lights.N/A
31/05/2016 to 25/06/20167:30am to 5:30pmSilver street – two way traffic lights.N/A
20/06/2016 to 24/06/20168pm to 6am (Overnight)Full closure of A1 (M) and A1 southbound between Scotch Corner and J51 (Leeming). Diversion via A689 to A19 or A66 (M) to A19.30 mins
25/06/20168pm to 6am (Overnight)A6108 Road closed – diversion via Richmond and Catterick central20 mins
29/06/2016 to 01/07/20168pm to 6am (Overnight)Full closure of A1 N/B between Scotch Corner and J56 (Barton).45 mins
29/06/20168pm to 6am (Overnight)Lane closures to A1 SouthboundN/A
30/06/2016 to 01/07/20168pm to 6am (Overnight)Full closure of A1 N/B between Scotch Corner and J56 (Barton).45 mins
27/06/20168pm to 6amScotch Corner Roundabout – full closure of south quadrant. Diversion via A1 south to Catterick North & back.10 mins
27/06/2016 to 30/06/20168pm to 6amCatterick South exit slip – lane closure.N/A

How will you manage traffic?

On local roads temporary two way traffic lights will ease congestions around the A1.

Where lane closures are required we will use traffic cones and temporary speed limits where appropriate.

Traffic management equipment may include narrow lanes, road cones, reduced speed limits, CCTV and cameras.

HGV restrictions will be in place between junction 51 at Leeming Bar and junction 56 at Barton, in both directions for vehicles over 6 feet 6 inches wide and/or 7.5 tonnes. Drivers are asked to observe the signs throughout their journey and adhere to the restrictions.

Will there be diversions?

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place for road closures.

Diversion map 1 - diversion route for A1 full closure northbound and/or southbound between Catterick North and Catterick South junctions

Diversion map 2 - diversion route for A1 full closure southbound between Scotch Corner and Leeming (J51) junctions

Diversion map 3 - diversion route for Scurragh House Lane closure to/from Moulton and Morris Grange Nursing Home

Diversion map 4 - diversion route for A1 full closure southbound between Barton (J56) and Scotch Corner junctions

Diversion map 5 - diversion route for A1 full closure northbound between Scotch Corner and Barton (J56) junctions

Diversion map 6 - diversion route for the A6108 full closure to/from Skeeby and Scotch Corner.

Diversion map 7 - diversion route for the Catterick North, northbound exit slip closure

Diversion map 8 - diversion route for the A6136 Fort Bridge closure

ActivityDate
Middleton Tyas-Scurragh House Lane. Local access road improvementsSpring 2015
Leeming junction to Bowbridge Lane. Local access road improvementsSpring 2015
Catterick-Brompton. Earthworks and A1 mainline improvementsSpring 2014-Spring 2017
A1 mainline improvements-Leeming junction to Leases Lane northboundSummer 2014-Summer 2015
Local access road crossing at Lords Lane. New bridge constructionSummer 2015
Sowber Hill Farm. New accommodation bridge constructionWinter 2015
Construction of new Tunstall Bridge.Winter 2015
A6108 Richmond Road. New roundabout openWinter 2015
Brompton North and Brompton South bridges. Bridge replacementSummer 2016
A1 mainline improvements-Leeming junction to Leases Lane southboundSummer 2015-Spring 2016
Catterick North to Scotch Corner. Local access road improvementsSummer 2015-Winter 2015/2016
New Catterick Central junction openAutumn/Winter 2015
A6136 Fort Overbridge replacementAutumn 2015-Winter 2016/2017
Scotch Corner junction improvementsAutumn/Winter 2015
Catterick South junction closureSpring 2016
Leases Lane to Catterick Central junction. New off line motorway section openSpring/Summer 2016
Scotch Corner to Barton A1 mainline improvementsAutumn 2014 to Spring 2017

Leaflet

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement
Activities in the Catterick area during 2016 to early 2017
A1 Leeming to Barton - Lane 2 restriction for large goods vehicles
Professional drivers and the companies that employ them are advised to read this document. Lane 2 restrictions for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes or 6ft 6” wide are in force throughout the A1 Leeming to Barton section
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - start of work materials
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Tunstall Rod Proposal - start of work materials - March 2014
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - start of work materials
A1 Leeming to Barton improvement – start of work materials exhibition - March 2014
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Public Exhibition Materials
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Public Exhibition Materials - February 2013

Legal

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement – Inspectors report for Public inquiry
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement – Inspectors report for Public inquiry
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement – Secretary of State decision letter (Scotch Corner to Barton)
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement – Secretary of State decision letter
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement – Made Orders (Scotch Corner to Barton) – 23 August 2014
Copies of the made Orders for the section of the scheme between Scotch Corner and Barton
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Made Orders (Catterick Lane / Tunstall Road) published on 26 June 2014
Copies of the made orders for the Catterick Lane / Tunstall Road alternative.
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Secretary of State decision letter (Leeming to Scotch Corner section) - 23 October 2013
Decision letter stating the positive decision regarding the A1 Leeming to Barton improvement scheme and agreement to publish the draft orders for the Leeming to Scotch Corner section
A1 Leeming to Barton - Notice of intent to hold a Public Inquiry (Scotch Corner to Barton section) - 27 September 2013
Notice of intent to hold a Public Inquiry for the A1 Leeming to Barton (Scotch Corner to Barton section)

Plan

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Scheme Plan
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Scheme Plan