Major North East road getting a makeover

The A1(M) near Durham. Image: Google Street View.
The A1(M) near Durham. Image: Google Street View.

Drivers will benefit from improved road surfaces on a busy North East motorway.

Work is due to begin on the A1(M) near Durham on Monday.

Contractors for Highways England will be resurfacing sections of a 10-mile stretch of the A1(M) on the northbound carriageway from Bowburn towards Carrville.

The hard shoulder at Carrville will also be resurfaced as part of the work which is due to be completed by Saturday, December 5.

The work will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am, when the northbound carriageway will be closed between junction 61 (Bowburn) and junction 63 (Chester le Street).

Highways England project manager Chris Corcoran said: “The essential maintenance work is being carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am when traffic levels are at their lowest.

“When complete, drivers will benefit from an improved road surface along the A1(M) on the northbound carriageway, providing smoother and safer journeys.

“Both schemes will be carried out at the same time to keep disruption for motorists down to a minimum.”

Clearly signed diversions will be in place during the closures via the A688 or the A689 on to the A167 north to rejoin the A1(M) at junction 63.