A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement

Project status:   Current


Start date:   Early 2014
End date:  Mid 2017


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

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

Cost:  £380 million


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Temporary Road Works in February 2015

A series of temporary road works will continue throughout February in conjunction with the main construction works.

On Saturday 7 and Saturday 14 February 2015 there will be full overnight closures of the A1 and A1 (M) northbound between junction 50 (Baldersby) and Scotch Corner. The A1 (M) and A1 southbound will also be closed for these dates between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming). On each occasion we aim to re-open the A1 by 6am on the following morning.

On local roads temporary traffic lights are expected throughout construction of the scheme to help ease congestion around construction works. On each occasion we aim to re-open the A1 by 6am on the following morning.

For any more information on planned road works that may affect you please visit the Journey Impact Page.

HGV restrictions

Due to the provision of narrow lanes, lane 2 now has restrictions in place for vehicles over 6 feet 6 inches wide and/or heavier than 7.5 tonnes. The width and weight restrictions are varied throughout the roadwork’s, between junction 51 at Leeming Bar and junction 56 at Barton, in both directions. Drivers are asked to observe the signs throughout their journey and adhere to the restrictions.

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@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk

Write to us at: A1 Leeming to Barton Project Team, Major Projects North, Highways Agency, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD (telephone 0161 930 5759)

Or at: A1 Leeming to Barton Site Office, Leases Farm Quarry, Leases Bridge, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, DL8 1DU

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?

Yes.

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 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 detail on any roadwork’s that may affect your planned journeys please refer to the table below.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
On-going8pm to 6am (Overnight)Lane closures (including hard shoulders) are required at various locations and times for the remainder of the construction programme. These lane closures are not expected to impact on journey times, as the lane closures will mainly be overnight and the road will remain open.N/A
2 May 2014 to 31 March 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
6 May 2014 for 18 months24 hoursTunstall Road to Catterick Lane Link Road full closure10 mins
12 July 2014 to 31 March 201724 hoursCatterick North junction southbound entry slip road on to A1 southbound permanently closed10 mins
26 August 2014 to 31 March 201724 hoursScurragh House Lane from the junction with the A1 southbound permanently closed. Diversion to/from Moulton via Scotch Corner junction and Middleton Tyas. Diversion to/from Morris Grange and local residents via the new link road – see Diversion map 3 below5 mins
5 September 2014 to 31 March 201724 hoursTunstall Road and Catterick Lane, Catterick - two way temporary traffic lights for heavy plant crossingsN/A
17 November 2014 to 31 March 201724 hoursScotch Corner northbound entry slip road – Lay-by permanently closed. Bus Stop has been relocated on A6108N/A
19 January 2015 to 31 March 201724 hoursLeases Lane from junction with the A1 northbound permanently closed. Diversion via Catterick Lane.5 mins
2 February 2015 to 6 February 20158am to 4pmKneeton Lane – two way temporary lights for heavy plant crossingsN/A
7 February 20158pm to 6am (Overnight)Bridge Road Closed for site construction works. Diversion via Station RoadN/A
7 February 20158pm to 6am (Overnight)A1(M) & A1 northbound full closure between junction 50 (Baldersby) to Scotch Corner. Diversion via A168 / A19 to A689 - see Diversion Map 2 below30 mins
7 February 20158pm to 6am (Overnight)A1(M) & A1 southbound full closure between Scotch Corner to junction 51 (Leeming). Diversion via A689 to A19 or A66(M) to A19. Please note the diversion begins at A1(M) junction 60 for journeys to or further south than A1(M) junction 49. There is no through southbound route from Scotch Corner junction to A1(M) junction 49 - see Diversion Map 2 belowEnter extra time to allow or N/A if not applicable
8 February 2015 to 14 March 201524 hoursStation Road, Brompton on Swale – Full road closure for site construction works. Diversion via Bridge Road.N/A
14 February 20158pm to 6am (Overnight)A1(M) & A1 northbound full closure between junction 50 (Baldersby) to Scotch Corner. Diversion via A168 / A19 to A689 - see Diversion Map 2 below30 mins
14 February 20158pm to 6am (Overnight)A1(M) & A1 southbound full closure between Scotch Corner to junction 51 (Leeming). Diversion via A689 to A19 or A66(M) to A19. Please note the diversion begins at A1(M) junction 60 for journeys to or further south than A1(M) junction 49. There is no through southbound route from Scotch Corner junction to A1(M) junction 49 - see Diversion Map 2 below30 mins

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 route for A1 full closure northbound between Baldersby (J50) and Scotch Corner 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.

ActivityDate
Middleton Tyas-Scurragh House Lane. Local access road improvementsAutumn/Winter 2014
Leeming junction to Bowbridge Lane. Local access road improvementsWinter 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 constructionAutumn 2014-Winter 2015
Sowber Hill Farm. New accommodation bridge constructionAutumn 2014-Summer 2015
Construction of new Tunstall Bridge.Autumn 2014-Summer 2015
A6108 Richmond Road. New roundabout openSpring/Summer 2015
Brompton North and Brompton South bridges. Bridge replacementSummer 2015
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 - Public Exhibition Materials
A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - Public Exhibition Materials - February 2013

Legal

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 (Scotch Corner to Barton section) Public Inquiry Notice of alternative routes
Public Inquiry Notice of alternative routes for A1 Leeming to Barton(Scotch Corner to Barton section)
A1 Leeming to Barton (Scotch Corner to Barton section) Public Inquiry Notice to submit alternative routes
Public Inquiry Notice to submit Alternative routes for A1 Leeming to Barton (Scotch Corner to Barton section)
A1 Leeming to Barton - Public Inquiry Deposit Documents (Scotch Corner to Barton section)
 A1 Leeming to Barton - Deposit documents for Public Inquiry (Scotch Corner to Barton section)
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)

Newsletter

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement - December 2014 Newsletter
Newsletter - December 2014 - A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement

Plan

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