Morpeth bypass opens for business

Morpeth’s brand new £30m bypass linking the A1 to south east Northumberland has opened to traffic today (April 4).

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.

One of the largest current road projects in the region, the scheme will also cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and South East Northumberland.

The road fully opened to traffic on Tuesday, April 4 following a short ceremony.

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!

These include:
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.

Northumberland County Council Chief Executive Steven Mason, said: “I’m delighted that this major project is now complete and the bypass is finally open to traffic.

“The bypass will cut travel time, improve safety, ease congestion in Morpeth and open up the south east of the county.

“The council has worked closely with the contractors throughout this project and we’re looking forward to residents, commuters and visitors benefiting from this new road link.”

Dave Bennett Carillion Project Director, said: "The benefits of this project will be felt for generations to come. From concept to completion, building the bypass has been a challenging but fantastic experience for everyone involved.

“I hope the people of Morpeth, who have been so patient throughout the construction process, will feel an immediate benefit, with new route around the town alleviating congestion. And I’m sure it won’t be long before the economic benefits are also being felt across the wider county.

“Residents have been incredibly supportive 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.”  

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