Exhibition reveals details of A1 proposals

Residents have had the chance to have their say on proposed improvements to the A1 in north Northumberland.

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 12:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 15:24 pm
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The plans were on display at public consultation events organised by Highways England at The Maltings in Berwick, and Bell View in Belford.

Its updated plans include upgrading a 13-mile section of the A1 between Morpeth and Felton at a cost of around £200million and between Alnwick and Ellingham for around £90million.

Junction upgrades, overtaking lanes and improvements to pedestrian crossings north of Ellingham are also being looked at.

These cost between £800,000 and £1.5million for the junction improvements, around £8.8million for Cragmill to Middleton overtaking lanesand £10.4million for the Fisher’s Back Road overtaking lane.

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Many of those who attended the Berwick session were still disappointed that full dualling of the A1 through Northumberland was not forthcoming. They want work on the limited improvements to start as soon as possible. It is currently planned for 2018.

Highways England is urging those who did not attend the consultation events to have an input into the process. The consultation closes on December 23. Have your say at www.highways.gov.uk/A1inNorthumberland or email A1inNorthumberland@highwaysengland.co.uk