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Carillion's £30M Morpeth bypass gets government green light

The proposed Morpeth northern bypass has been granted development consent by transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

Carillion was awarded the job in 2013.

The scheme involves construction of a single carriageway 3.8km long from Whorral Bank on the A197, north east of Morpeth, west to the A1 trunk road.

A new at-grade roundabout is to be created at the intersection of the bypass with the existing A192 at Lane End. The project also includes a new standard grade separated junction with slip roads and a “dumbbel” roundabout arrangement, to provide ‘all movements’ access to the A1 trunk road and a link to St. Leonard’s Lane.

The planning application was submitted by Northumberland County Council for consideration in July 2013.

Construction is likely to start in the spring

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