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A1/Birtley - Morpeth

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The Great North Road
From:  Birtley (NZ280566)
To:  Morpeth (NZ181884)
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
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Highways England

Counties

County Durham • Northumberland

Route outline (key)
Arrownorth.jpg North Morpeth - Dunbar
A1 Birtley - Morpeth
A1(M) Birtley - White Mare Pool
A1 White Mare Pool - Seaton Burn
A1 Birtley - Newcastle
A1(M) Newcastle Central M'way East
A1 Newcastle - Gosforth Park
South Arrowsouth.jpg Darrington - Birtley
Junction List
Junc Northbound Southbound
65 A194(M) A1(M), A1231, B1288
66 A167 A167
67 unclass unclass
68 A692, B601 A692, B601
69 A184 A184
70 unclass unclass
71 unclass unclass
72 B6317 No Exit
Bridge Blaydon Bridge (Derwent)
73 A694 A694
Bridge Blaydon Bridge (Tyne)
74 No Exit A191, A6085
75 A69, A186 A69, A186
76 A167, B6324 A639
77 A167, A696, B6918 A167, A696, B6918
78 unclass unclass
79 A1056, B1318 A1056, B1318
80 A19 A19
Shotton Lane No Exit unclass
- unclass No Exit
Stannington unclass unclass
- No Exit unclass
Clifton B1337 No Exit
St Leonards No Exit A197
Warreners House A697; A1 No Exit

South|North

For the former route via the Tyne Tunnel, see A1/via Tyne Tunnel.

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.

Route

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.

History

The original route was through the centre of Newcastle, and included the Central Motorway East when that was built.

1977 to 1990 - the Tyne Tunnel

It was rerouted via Testos Roundabout, the Tyne Tunnel and the Tyne Tunnel Northern Approach Road in 1977 and the old route de-trunked. This provided a bypass route for Newcastle and diverted much traffic, although some drivers continued to use the City route to avoid the tunnel toll or the Gateshead Western Bypass, Scotswood Bridge and residential roads across to Gosforth to regain the A1, much to the consternation of the locals.

Main Article: A1/via Tyne Tunnel

1990 onwards - Gateshead and Newcastle Western Bypasses

The A1 was further re-routed onto the Western bypasses in 1990, following the opening of the Newcastle Western Bypass in that year, and this provided a fully dual carriageway bypass of the City (the Tyne Tunnel was originally single carriageway). This connected to the Wide Open and Seaton Burn bypass and the A1 north.

Junction numbers

Junction numbers were added as far north as Seaton Burn in 2014.

Improvements

1970: Seaton Burn and Blagdon Bypass

A two-lane dual carriageway bypass of Seaton Burn and Blagdon.

1970: Morpeth Bypass

A two-lane dual carriageway bypass of Morpeth.

1986: Stannington Bypass

A section of two lane dual carriageway constructed to link the Blaydon and Morpeth Bypassess.

1990: Newcastle Western Bypass

Main Article: A1/Newcastle Western Bypass

2004: Stannington Grade Separated Junction

A new grade separated junction was built at Stannington, allowing four at-grade junctions to be closed, to improve safety and journey times (with the removal of a 50mph speed limit that was imposed on the section).

Future

The Gateshead bypass between J67 and J71 will be widened to D3.

Links

legislation.gov.uk




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Gateshead
A1(M) • A69 • A167 • A184 • A185 • A185(M) • A189 • A194(M) • A195 • A613 (Gateshead) • A692 • A1114 (Gateshead) • A6081 • A6082 • A6083 • A6084 • A6115 (Tyneside) • A6125 • A6126 • A6127 • A6171 • B601 • B1288 • B1295 (Gateshead) • B1296 • B1296 (Gateshead - Heworth) • B1307 • B1426 • B6317 • Central Motorway East Bypass • E15 • E31 (via Newcastle) • Friars Goose Crossing • M100 • T1 (Britain) • T25 (Britain)
Newcastle upon Tyne
A1 • A1(M) • A1(M)/Newcastle Central Motorway East • A1/Sandbox • A69 • A108 (Seaham - Seaton Burn) • A167 • A167(M) • A184 • A186 • A187 • A188 • A189 • A191 • A193 • A695 • A695(M) • A696 • A696(M) • A1056 (Northumberland) • A1057 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • A1058 • A1058(M) • A1059 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • A1060 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • A6082 • A6085 • A6086 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) • A6115 (Tyneside) • A6125 • A6126 • A6127 • A6127(M) • B1296 • B1304 (Newcastle) • B1305 • B1305 (Quayside, Newcastle) • B1306 (Newcastle) • B1307 • B1308 (Newcastle) • B1309 • B1309 (Jesmond) • B1310 • B1311 • B1312 • B1312 (Byker) • B1313 • B1314 • B1318 • B1600 • B6323 • B6324 • B6325 (Newcastle) • B6326 (Newcastle) • B6327 • B6328 • B6329 • B6330 • B6331 • B6332 • B6333 • B6334 • B6335 • B6336 • B6337 • B6338 • B6339 • B6340 (Gosforth) • B6431 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • B6440 • B6528 • B6534 • C101 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C103 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C104 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C105 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C106 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C107 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C108 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C109 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C110 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C111 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C112 (Newcastle upon Tyne) • C348 (Northumberland) • Central Motorway East Bypass • Central Motorway West • E15 • E18 • E31 (via Newcastle) • E110 (Old System) • East-West Underground Motorway • Friars Goose Crossing • T1 (Britain) • T25 (Britain) • T86 (Britain)
Morpeth
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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 • Wittering • 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 • Charlton Mires • 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


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