A1 Morpeth - Ellingham

Scheme outline

Upgrade of existing single and dual carriageway A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham north of Alnwick in Northumberland to dual two-lane "Expressway" standard throughout, with grade-separated junctions.

Safety and performance enhancements will also be made to the section of the A1 north of Ellingham, including three new sections of climbing lane and safety measures to five right-turn junctions. There will also be a range of other safety enhancements for non-motorised road users.

This scheme was previously listed as A1 Morpeth-Alnwick.

In preparation
Other upgrade
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Central Government


16 September 2010

A news item on the DfT website details a proposal to designate 65 miles of the A1 between Newcastle and the Scottish Border (including Morpeth to Alnwick) as a Strategic National Corridor. Under this proposal, funding for future developments would come from the national budget, controlled by the Secretary of State, instead of the regional funding allocation. The consultation period ends on 10 December 2010.

24 May 2011

In a ministerial statement released today, the Minister for Regional and Local Transport has confirmed that the A1 from Newcastle to the Scottish Border will become a Strategic National Corridor. While this is an acknowledgement of the road's importance, it does not necessarily guarantee funding for future improvements.

12 January 2015

The renamed Morpeth-Ellingham scheme was outlined in the £2.3 billion major roads investment for Yorkshire & North East by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (1 December 2014) in the Autumn Statement.

4 February 2018

Preferred Route was announced in September 2017. From Morpeth to Felton the A1 will be realigned slightly to the west including 4 Grade separated junctions and 2 under/over bridges. From Alnwick to Ellingham the A1 will be upgraded online and will feature 1 new grade separated junction and 1 overbridge. A second consultation on these proposals is due to commence at some point this year.

28 September 2019

A consultation ran in August on the Alnwick to Ellingham dualling. An application is expected to be submitted in 2020 and if successful works will start in 2021.

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With thanks to Peter Brookes and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.