A1/Birtley - Morpeth
|The Great North Road|
|Distance:||25.3 miles (40.7 km)|
|Meets:||A1(M), A692, A184, A69, A167, A696, A19, A697|
|Former Number(s):||A613, A69, A6125|
|Old route now:||A167, A167(M), B1318|
County Durham • Northumberland
|Route outline (key)|
The A1 between Washington and Morpeth is an all-purpose dual carriageway with no at-grade junctions. The Gateshead section of the road can get very congested, due to the sheer number of junctions in the area.
The A1(M) terminates at the Birtley Interchange with connections into Newcastle on the A194(M). The now A1 is dual carriageway as it has to turn nearly westwards to successfully bypass the growing places of Gateshead and Newcastle. The junctions allow local access to the suburbs of the city. Also multiple trunk roads join onto the road here (A692, A69, A696, A19) which leads to most of the congestion and the A1 is mainly 2 lanes. After Newcastle the road is still of a good standard with basic grade separated junctions which replace a few right turns.
Originally went through the centre of Newcastle, and included the Central Motorway East when that was build. It was rerouted via the Tyne Tunnel in the 80s, before the Newcastle Western bypass opened in the early 90s.
Junction numbers were added as far north as Seaton Burn in 2014.
1990: Newcastle Western Bypass
More details required.
The Gateshead bypass between J67 and J71 will be widened to D3.