A1/Morpeth - Dunbar

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The Great North Road
From:Morpeth (NZ181884)
To:Dunbar (NT649774)
Length:75.5 miles (121.5 km)
Meets: A697, A1068, A698, A199
Highway Authorities

Highways England • Transport Scotland

Traditional Counties

Berwickshire • Northumberland

Route outline (key)
Arrowwest.jpg West Dunbar - Musselburgh
A1 Morpeth - Dunbar
South Arrowsouth.jpg Birtley - Morpeth

South|North

The Northern England/Scotland section of the A1 is possibly the longest the road stays on its historic alignment. The Scottish section of the road is mainly made up of short bypasses and realignments while much of the English section of this route is an online upgrade. Much of the road is 70s and 80s construction with a few modern upgrades here and there which give a road a very varied design. Passing Morpeth the A697 turns off at a fork while the A1's dual carriageway narrows to a single carriageway road, although the multiple junctions make the road effectively 3 lanes for long stretches.

The Felton bypass begins with the crossing of the River Coquet and the start of the 6 mile dual carriageway section. The route bends East to pass Alnwick via the bypass opened in 1971 and returns to S2. There is a short realignment of the route with an even shorter section of dual carriageway. A little while later the road passes over the notorious Mousen Bends where the road has tight bends and a no overtaking restriction.

The lack of dual carriageway is rather tedious but much of the time the road is rather wide and open so offers good sightlines for passing the slower traffic. The first roundabout in a while marks the south end of the Berwick bypass where there are a few junctions which are D1 with an northbound overtaking lane which runs round the northern section and stops short of the northern roundabout.

Crossing the roundabout a short dualled section takes the road into Scotland and runs along the coastline with fantastic views. There is effectively an S3 section which passes under the railway with priority given to southbound traffic with northbound traffic allowed to use the centre lane.

The next section has 2 strips of dual carriageway and some overtaking lanes passing Heugh Head and Cockburnspath. one of the last few roundabouts allows access to Cove and the start of the dual carriageway passing Dunbar. We end on the Thistly cross roundabout as the HQ dual carriageway takes us all the way to Edinburgh. For many years there has been a prominent urge to upgrade this section of the A1 to full dual carriageway but nothing seems to have been brought to finalisation yet. So the single carriageways will be staying for a while it seems.

Improvements

1981: Felton Bypass

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1981: Ayton Bypass

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1983: Belford Bypass

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1983: Berwick Bypass

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1985: Alnwick Bypass

Stage 2. Stage 1 opened in 1970.

1986: Thirston to Felton

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1986: Stannington Bypass

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1993: Cockburnspath Bypass

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1999: Spott Road to Oswald Dean

Dualling.

2002: Bowerhouse to Spott Road

Dualling.

2003: Houndwood to Howburn

Dualling.

2005: Thistly Cross to Bowerhouse

Dualling.

Links

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A1
SectionsA1(M)/Alconbury - Peterborough • A1(M)/Blyth - Adwick le Street • A1(M)/South Mimms - Baldock • A1/Adwick le Street - Darrington • A1/Baldock - Alconbury • A1/Birtley - Morpeth • A1/Central London - South Mimms • A1/Dunbar - Musselburgh • A1/Musselburgh - Central Edinburgh • A1/Peterborough - Blyth • A1/via Tyne Tunnel
ProjectsA1(M) Bramham to Wetherby • A1(M) Dishforth to Barton
JunctionsAlconbury South Interchange • Angel • Blue House Roundabout • Boot and Shoe Roundabout • Busby Stoop Roundabout • Catterick North Interchange • Catterick South Interchange • East Denton Interchange • Eighton Lodge Interchange • Ferrybridge • Follingsby Interchange • Gainsborough Corner • Howdon Interchange • Lindisfarne Interchange • Neville's Cross • Racecourse Roundabout (Doncaster) • Scotch Corner • St Marys Roundabout (Doncaster) • St Pauls Gyratory
ServicesBaldock services • Barnsdale Bar services • Barton Park truckstop • Barton services • Blyth services • Brampton Hut services • Colsterworth services • Durham services • Ferrybridge services • Grantham North services • Kirby Hill services • Markham Moor services • Newark services • Peterborough services • Scotch Corner services • Seaton Burn services • South Mimms services • Sprotbrough services • Wansford services • Washington services • Wetherby services
CrossingsA1 Blaydon Bridge • A1 Bridge (East Linton) • Alnwick Viaduct • Berwick Bypass Bridge • Blaydon Bridge • Coquet Viaduct • Stainby Road Bridge • Stamford Bypass • Swing Bridge (Tyne) • Tempsford Bridge • Wansford Bypass Bridge • Wentbridge Viaduct • Winthorpe Bridge
RoadsA1 • A1(M)/Newcastle Central Motorway East • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E15 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E31 (via Newcastle) • Ermine Street • Holyhead Road • Peddars Way • T21 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T25 (Britain)
PlacesAlnwick • Barnet • Berwick-upon-Tweed • Boroughbridge • Central London • Edinburgh • Gateshead • Grantham • Haddington • Huntingdon • Morpeth • Newark-on-Trent • Newcastle upon Tyne • Peterborough • Pontefract • Potters Bar • Stamford • Stevenage • The City
Miscellaneous1924 A1 Renumbering • A1/Early Improvements • A1/Named Junctions • A1/Roaders Digest Entry • A1 London - Peterborough
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Other nearby roads
MorpethA1063 (Northumberland) • A192 • A195 (Morpeth - Shankhouse) • A196 • A197 • A6087 • A697 • B1337 • B6343 • B6524 • E15 • E31 (via Newcastle) • T1 (Britain)
AlnwickA1068 • B1337 • B1340 • B6341 • B6346 • E15 • E31 (via Newcastle) • T1 (Britain)
Berwick-upon-TweedA1167 • A6105 • A6111 • A698 • A699 • A7 • B6354 • B6355 • B6356 (Kelso - Berwick) • B6435 • B6461 (Kelso - Berwick) • B6525 • E15 • E31 (via Newcastle) • EuroVelo 12 • NCN1 • NCN76 • T1 (Britain)
DunbarA1087 • A199 • B1345 (Dunbar) • B6370 • East Lothian Coastal Trail • East Lothian Hillfoots Trail • East Lothian Saltire Trail
Junctions on the A1/A1(M)
London - PeterboroughSt Paul's • Angel • Highbury Corner • Nags Head • Archway • Henlys Corner • Fiveways Corner • Mill Hill Circus • Apex Corner • Stirling Corner • Borehamwood • 1 Bignells Corner • 2 Roestock • 3 Roehyde • 4 Oldings Corner • 5 Lemsford • 6 The Clock • 7 Langley Sidings • 8 Coreys Mill • 9 Letchworth Gate • 10 Stotfold • Langford & Edworth Turns • Biggleswade South • Biggleswade North • Sandy • Black Cat • Wyboston • Hail Weston • Little Paxton • Buckden Roundabout • Brampton • Brampton Hut • Alconbury South • 14 Alconbury North • 15 Sawtry • 16 Norman Cross • 17 Fletton Parkway
Peterborough - Scotch Corner17 Fletton Parkway • Wansford • Carpenters Lodge • Wothorpe • Tinwell • Stamford • Tickencote • Bloody Oaks • Stretton • Colsterworth • Bridge End • Little Ponton • Spittlegate • Harlaxton Road • Barrowby • Gonerby Moor • Balderton • Coddington • Winthorpe • North Muskham • Carlton-on-Trent • Tuxford • Markham Moor • Twyford Bridge • Elkesley Junction • Apleyhead • Ranby • Blyth Flyover • 34 Blyth • 35 Wadworth Viaduct • 36 Warmsworth • 37 Ducker Holt • 38 Redhouse • Barnsdale Bar • 40 Darrington • 41 Holmfield • 42 Selby Fork • 43 Hook Moor • 44 Bramham • 45 Grange Moor • 46 Kirk Deighton • 47 Allerton Park • 48 Aldborough Gate • 49 Dishforth • 50 Baldersby • 51 Leeming • Catterick South • 52 Catterick Central • Catterick North • Scotch Corner • 56 Barton
Scotch Corner - Edinburgh56 Barton • 57 Blackwell Spur • 58 Burtree • 59 Aycliffe • 60 Bradbury • 61 Bowburn • 62 Carrville • 63 Blind Lane • 64 Vigo • 65 Birtley • 66 Eighton Lodge • 67 Coalhouse • 68 Lobley Hill • 69 Gateshead Quays • 70 Dunston • 71 Metro Centre • 72 Swalwell • 73 Derwenthaugh • 74 Scotswood • 75 Denton Burn • 76 Westerhope • 77 Kenton Bar • 78 Fawdon • 79 North Brunton • 80 Seaton Burn • Shotton Lane • Stannington • Clifton • St. Leonards • Fair Moor • Warreners House • Alnwick • Denwick • Chatton • Belford Station • Fenwick • Oxford • Scremerston Roundabout • East Ord Roundabout • Duddo • Duns Road • Highfields Roundabout • Cockburnspath Roundabout • Innerwick • Broxburn • Spott Roundabout • Thistly Cross Roundabout • Abbotsview • Oaktree • Gladsmuir • Bankton • Dolphinstone • Wallyford • Old Craighall • Newcraighall • Milton Link • East End