Major works completing on new county bypass
17 Mar 2017
Major works are now approaching completion on the brand new £30m bypass linking the A1 to south east Northumberland.
Once open, the flagship scheme is set to bring the county’s economy a near £50million windfall over the coming decades.
Forecasts suggest that over the coming years the scheme has the potential to trigger the creation of over 8,000 jobs locally, with an estimated £47million economic benefit to the county.
This week the 2.5km section of the bypass linking Whorral Bank to the A192 was completed, with engineers now working on the final parts of the scheme to link the road to the A1 to allow traffic to use it in the coming weeks.
One of the largest current road projects in the region, the ambitious scheme will also cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and South East Northumberland.
The two-year construction period has involved some state-of-the-art computer modelling techniques along with some mind-boggling statistics along its 2.4 mile length!
Moving 310,000 cubic metres of soil
Creating 9,300 metres of hedgerow
Laying down 34,000 tonnes of tarmac
Planting 36,000 trees and shrubs.
Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s fantastic that major works on this prestigious scheme are now reaching completion.
“It’s going to provide so many benefits for the people of Northumberland. The bypass will cut travel time, improve safety, ease congestion in Morpeth and open up the south east of the county for further economic growth.
“Pegswood on the western end of the bypass is also set to become a real commuter village which will no doubt see a rise in house values due to its new easy access to the A1.
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet member for Local Services, added: “This has been a real example of engineering excellence, with some massive logistical issues to overcome, creating bridges and underpasses while working around one of the busiest roads in the country and keeping traffic moving.
“The council has worked closely with the contractors throughout this project and we’re looking forward to residents, commuters and visitors reaping the benefits of this new bypass.”
Dave Bennett Carillion Project Director, said: “This has been a hugely significant project and the whole process has been a challenging but fantastic experience.
“Hopefully the people of Morpeth will see and feel an immediate benefit of having a new route around the town, and it won’t be long before the economic benefits are being felt across the county and region.
“Local residents have been brilliant throughout the whole process and drivers, on the whole, have been patient and understanding of this essential work - I want to thank them for their patience and support throughout.”
Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “Morpeth Bypass will make people’s journeys easier, quicker and safer. Our £21 million investment will boost the area’s economy, creating jobs as well as reducing travel time and costs between the A1 and South East Northumberland.”
For more information, facts and figures and imagery go to www.morpethnorthernbypass.org