17.09.2017 – A1 phased opening scheme

From Friday 22 September, the southern section between junction 51 at Leeming and junction 52 at Catterick will become a three-lane motorway and the current speed restrictions will be lifted. Drivers will benefit from the extra capacity and improved road information to help keep traffic flowing smoothly on the six mile section between Leeming and Catterick.
By opening this section ahead of the remaining length we are able to release the benefits of the scheme to our road users as well as reducing the remaining length of roadworks. Over the autumn period our focus will concentrate on the remainder of the project including completing the local access road between Scotch Corner and Brompton-on-Swale and opening the new Fort Bridge. This will lead us to our next major milestones which will be the opening of the motorway between Scotch Corner interchange and junction 56 Barton and Catterick junction to Scotch Corner in winter 2017/18.
For further awareness, we have encountered some challenges with the embankment stabilisation. Complicated ground conditions have impacted on the method used to stabilise the embankment near the River Swale. This has resulted in an extension to the planned completion date. Highways England is working with contractors to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Once finished, the full scheme between Leeming and Barton will complete the missing link of motorway between London and Newcastle, using the M1 and A1 (M), as well as improving journey times and increasing safety. When fully open, journey times between Leeming and Barton are expected to be reduced by approximately 20 per cent.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued patience and support whilst we deliver our works. 
I hope you find this information useful however if you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to visit our scheme webpage at www.highways.gov.uk/A1leemingtobartoncontact a member of our Project Team by calling 01677 932 348 or email us at a1leemingtobarton@highwaysengland.co.uk.


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