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A19 Norton-Wynyard 17 August 2018

Widening of the existing A19 near Billingham to provide three lanes in each direction between Norton (at the interchange with the A1027) and Wynyard (at the interchange with the A689). At present this road is dual two lanes and suffers regular congestion. Planned housing developments in this area mean that additional capacity will be urgently required in the coming years.

The widening work will involve replacement of some bridge structures. The finished road will have three full-width lanes and will retain a 70mph speed limit.

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A1 Scotswood to North Brunton 17 August 2018

Widening of the existing A1 Newcastle Western Bypass to provide three lanes in each direction between junction 74 (the spur to the Scotswood Bridge) and junction 79 (North Brunton). At present the road is a mix of dual two and dual three lanes.

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A1 North of Ellingham 17 August 2018

A series of improvements to the A1 north of Ellingham in Northumberland, including minor changes to the alignment of the road, provision of overtaking lanes and safety improvements to junctions. At present this section of the A1 is a single two-lane road on which the volume of traffic limits safe overtaking opportunities and it can be difficult for traffic to turn right in and out of side turnings.

There are no active plans to provide a dual carriageway on the A1 north of Ellingham, so this scheme will improve the safety and reliability of the existing road.

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A69 Junction Improvements 2 August 2018

Upgrade work to grade-separate the Styford and Bridge End roundabouts on the A69, allowing through traffic to pass over the top of both junctions.

Both roundabouts were constructed in the 1970s as part of work to dual the A69 and bypass Hexham and Corbridge. They were laid out with elongated roundabouts and splayed carriageways to allow flyovers to be installed at a later date when traffic levels required them. This provision will now be used to install flyovers at relatively low cost.

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A197 Morpeth Northern Bypass 6 April 2017

Construction of a new single carriageway road to link the A1 north-west of Morpeth with the A197 Pegswood bypass at the Whorral Bank roundabout.

As part of the scheme, the existing A1/A192 junction at Fairmoor will be closed, and a new, grade-separated junction will be built just to the south.

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A19 Testos Roundabout Improvement 10 February 2017

Provision of a new dual two-lane flyover allowing the A19 to avoid the badly congested Testos Roundabout with the A184 near Sunderland.

The A19 will be slightly realigned around the junction to accommodate the new flyover.

The roundabout was originally laid out, when it was built, to allow for a flyover on an east-west line to carry the A184. This will not now be provided.

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A19 Coast Road Junction Improvement 13 December 2016

A scheme to reconstruct the interchange of the A19 and A1058 north-east of Newcastle upon Tyne. The aims of the scheme are to improve safety and reduce congestion at the junction, which is situated just to the north of the Tyne Tunnel. Since the tunnel was duplicated and made free-flow, this junction has become one of the few remaining impediments to traffic on the A19.

The Highways Agency's preferred option is to build a new cutting and associated slip-roads that will allow the A19 to pass freely through the junction under the existing A1058.

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A1 Birtley to Coal House 6 September 2016

The scheme involves widening the existing A1 between J65 (Birtley) and J67 (Coal House), near Gateshead, to provide three lanes each way. In order to accommodate the wider carriageway, the Allerdene bridge over the East Coast main line (between J66-67) will be replaced.

The aims of the scheme are to reduce congestion and improve safety. It follows the earlier A1 Coal House to Metro Centre scheme which provided a third lane on the section immediately to the north.

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A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement 27 July 2016

Widening the existing A1 dual carriageway west of Gateshead from two to three lanes in each direction, and constructing parallel link roads between the Lobley Hill and Gateshead Quays junctions for local traffic. The aims of this scheme are to increase capacity, improve safety, and reduce congestion on a section of the Gateshead western bypass.

This scheme replaces the earlier A1 Lobley Hill to Dunston scheme, which was more limited in scope.

Construction began on 26 August 2014.

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A1231 New Wear Crossing 1 March 2016

The New Wear Crossing forms the centrepiece of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor - a 15 year plan to improve links from the city centre and the Port of Sunderland to the A19 and A1, and thus aid in regeneration. By providing a third bridge over the River Wear, the scheme aims to reduce congestion on the two existing bridges (Wearmouth and Queen Alexandra) and the surrounding road network, as well as improving access to development sites.

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A1 Morpeth - Ellingham 16 January 2015

Upgrade of existing single and dual carriageway A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham north of Alnwick in Northumberland to dual two-lane "Expressway" standard throughout, with grade-separated junctions.

Safety and performance enhancements will also be made to the section of the A1 north of Ellingham, including three new sections of climbing lane and safety measures to five right-turn junctions. There will also be a range of other safety enhancements for non-motorised road users.

This scheme was previously listed as A1 Morpeth-Alnwick.

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A19 New Tyne Crossing 13 January 2012

Construction of a second two-lane tunnel alongside the existing one at Jarrow. The new tunnel would take all southbound traffic, with the existing one converted to take all northbound traffic. This project would provide continuous dual carriageway from the A1(M) at Dishforth via Middlesbrough and Newcastle to the A1 at Wide Open.

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A1 Adderstone - Belford 31 May 2011

Upgrade of existing route between Adderstone and Belford to dual two-lane standard, though it is not likely that any of the junctions will be grade-separated.

In July 2006 the Government announced that it had accepted the reccommendations of the Regional Transport Board for the North East, which did not identify this scheme as a funding priority in the period to 2016. The dualling scheme is now officially "not currently being progressed". In simpler terms it has been canned.

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A69 Haydon Bridge Bypass 24 March 2009

Construction of a new single-carriageway bypass to Haydon Bridge on the A69 Newcastle-Carlisle route. This is the last significant settlement on the route to receive a bypass.

The Highways Agency have declared their planned timescale for this project includes ground investigations beginning immediately, with construction beginning in 2007.

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A135 South Stockton Link 26 October 2008

Construction of a new dual carriageway route heading south from the A1046 in Stockton on Tees across the A66 to new housing developments at Ingleby Barwick. When finished it will link to the roundabout at the A19 where the A174 Teesside Parkway begins. When complete it will be given the A135 designation.

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