A197 Morpeth Northern Bypass

Scheme outline

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.

This scheme was completed in and we're no longer accepting updates or changes to this page.

Bypass or realignment
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
DfT/Northumberland CC


30 October 2010

Following the autumn spending review, this scheme has been allocated to the DfT's pre-qualification group. It will therefore undergo further scrutiny before a final decision is made on whether or not to proceed.

5 February 2011

According to a statement by the Transport Secretary yesterday, this scheme has now been moved into the development pool, which means it will be considered for funding along with other competing schemes. A final decision is expected by the end of 2011.

14 December 2011

The DfT will contribute £21.1m towards this scheme, it was announced today.

13 February 2015

Development consent for this scheme came into force on 2 February 2015.

4 April 2017

The new road has been completed and is open to traffic.

More information


With thanks to Callum R and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.