Upgrade of the existing dual carriageway A1 between Leeming Bar and Barton to a dual three-lane motorway. This scheme will remove the last remaining all-purpose section of A1 between West Yorkshire and Gateshead, and will finally connect the north-east conurbation of Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland to the national motorway network.
These works were originally proposed as a single scheme to upgrade the whole section from Dishforth (J49) to Barton (J56), but that scheme was split in two and in the spending cuts following the financial crisis in 2008, this half of the scheme was put on indefinite hold. As a result the southern half, Dishforth to Leeming, was completed in 2012, but work did not start on the northern half until almost two years later.
As well as complete reconstruction of the existing road and some minor realignment, the works also include the construction of a parallel Local Access Road to cater for the many side turnings and property accesses that currently have direct access to the A1.
The new Catterick Central junction opened to traffic on 12 November 2015, according to the Highways England website..
A1 will be closed from 7 to 9 October in both directions between junction 51 (Leeming Bar) and Scotch Corner for the replacement of Fort Bridge, according to Highways England's website.
Because of archaeological finds and other delays the work will not be complete until the end of the year. The southern section between Leeming and Catterick is expected to open in late summer.
The section between Leeming Bar and Catterick is open.
Motorway restrictions have now been in force since late February, though roadworks have not yet been fully lifted from the new road.
The area around Catterick still has roadworks and 40/50mph speed limits. The latest seems to be that this last part of the scheme will open fully this month.
As of 16th March 2018 work was taking place to install the last section of concrete central barrier just north of Catterick.
The motorway is now fully open to traffic and speed restrictions have been lifted. Finishing works remain on the parallel A6055 Local Access Road.
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