New section of A1 to open

The largest Highways England roads project under construction in the country – the A1 Leeming to Barton improvement scheme – will open to traffic early next month (September).

Construction workers are making the finishing touches to a new 2.5 mile section of the A1 this week. The A1 between Leeming and Barton carries between 59,000 to 69,000 vehicles per day and the new section opening marks an important milestone in the £380 million Highways England scheme to widen 12 miles of the A1 in North Yorkshire from dual carriageway to motorway.

The 2.5 mile stretch of new road will open to traffic in early September. Traffic will switch to the newly constructed northbound section from Sowber Hill to Catterick Central early on Tuesday 6 September (subject to weather conditions). Southbound traffic will then follow later in the week.

Charlotte Wright Highways England *HEHighways England assistant project manager Charlotte Wright (pictured right) said: “This is a key milestone and once completed will allow us to access the old A1 as a working area to convert this to a local access road along with finishing our works at Catterick South junction and demolishing old bridges.

“A total of three bridges will be demolished on the old section of the A1 -–Catterick South, Tunstall and Manor House – as we move toward completing the project next year. When the scheme has completed drivers will benefit from an extra lane in each direction, improving journey times and tackling congestion.”

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