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11/09/2019

PINS to consider A1 Newcastle bypass improvement scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass / Peter McDermott

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has accepted for examination an application for proposed improvements to the A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass.

Highways England wants to widen the A1 south of Gateshead from three to four lanes, between junctions 65 and 67 on the southbound carriageway.

Proposals also include widening the northbound carriageway from two to three lanes – with an additional lane between junctions – between junctions 67 and 65.

The improvements are intended to provide additional capacity.

The section of the A1 in question is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead Council.

Plans also include a replacement bridge structure where the A1 crosses over the East Coast Main Line, 40 metres to the immediate south of the existing Allerdene Bridge structure, which would tie into the existing carriageways at junction 67 and north of junction 66, according to the application form.

Sarah Richards, chief executive of the PINS, said: “A major priority for us over the next few weeks is to ensure that the people and communities who may be affected by this proposal have the opportunity to give us their views.”

The application can be viewed on the PINS website.

Image credit | Peter McDermott

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