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Preferred route for £290M A1 scheme announced

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Highways England has announced its preferred route for a £290M A1 scheme.

The multi-million upgrade in Northumberland involves dualling a 13-mile stretch of road and creating a new carriageway.

The preferred option for the stretch of A1 between Morpeth and Felton is to build a new carriageway to the west of the existing road between Priest’s Bridge and Burgham Park.

This option was most popular with respondents in the public consultation and also offers improved building efficiency and worker safety as most of the work will be done away from the existing road.

Between Alnwick and Ellingham the preferred option is to upgrade the existing road to a dual carriageway.

Highways England said this was the favoured option because it offers “additional network resilience and overtaking opportunities by providing a dual carriageway road standard” and ”provides added safety benefits by providing an overbridge junction connecting B6341, B6347 and the A1 at South Charlton.”

Highways England project manager Nanette Hoyle said: “We recognise the importance of this route and are delighted to announce the two options we are taking forward are the ones which the majority of people wanted in last year’s consultation.

“Over the last few months we have worked hard to identify the best possible options by working through the feedback from the events, along with safety, economic and environmental analysis and we are excited to share our plans with local stakeholders, businesses and the community.

“Work now continues, adding detail to the design for each of the dualling options and on planning how we will deliver them in a way that keeps traffic moving.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking part. There will be further opportunities to have your say as the schemes develop.”

An application for a Development Consent Order will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in 2018 with a decision expected late the following year.

Following the decision of the Planning Inspectorate Highways England will aim to start construction in 2019 or 2020.

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