A1 upgrade plans on show

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Plans to improve journey times and increase safety on the A1 between Leeming and Barton, North Yorkshire, by upgrading the dual carriageway to a three-lane motorway, will go on show this week.

The Government announced £314million of funding, as part of the 2012 Autumn Statement, to allow work on the upgrade to start in 2013/14.

Once completed, the scheme will result in a continuous motorway-standard route from London to Newcastle (including the M1 and A1M). Journey times between Leeming and Barton will also be reduced by approximately 20 per cent, and over a 60-year period, the improvements are predicted to save around 100 lives and prevent around 650 serious casualties.

A public information exhibition will be held on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16, at the Bridge House Hotel in Catterick, North Yorkshire, between 2pm and 8pm on Friday and 10am until 4pm on Saturday. People will be able to view the plans for the new motorway, and for local access road provision between Leeming and Barton.

Highways Agency project manager Dave Chalk said: “The new motorway will bring a range of benefits to the region from improved safety to reduced journey times.

“It will directly benefit business users and potentially attract further development and growth.

“We are in the process of developing the detailed design for this section of the A1, and these exhibitions will be a chance for local residents, businesses and other interested parties to find out more about our plans.

“Many of our proposals are similar to those shown at the original public inquiry in 2006, but design and development work is continuing on some elements of the scheme, particularly on the local access road layout.

“We know that there is a lot of local interest in the scheme, and we are keen to meet people and talk through any questions they may have.”

Construction on the 12-mile project, which is due to open to traffic in 2016/17, is also estimated to generate 750 jobs in the construction industry over the three-year contract.

At the exhibitions, information on access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, and details of the environmental work to be carried out, will also be on available.

Members of the Highways Agency project team will also be on hand to listen to comments and concerns, and answer any questions that people may have.

As well as attending the exhibitions, members of the public or other interested parties can find out more about the scheme by visiting the website at www.highways.gov.uk/A1LeemingBarton, writing to the A1 Leeming to Barton Project Team at Major Projects North, Highways Agency, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD, emailing them at A1LeemingBarton@highways.gsi.gov.uk, or calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000