Costain wins contract to upgrade in north east sections of A1 road


Construction and engineering firm Costain has been appointed by Highways England for upgrade in the north east sections of A1 road.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the design and management of construction of the A1 Birtley to Coal House and A1 Morpeth to Ellingham improvements.

The company is al already working to deliver the A1 Scotswood to North Brunton project.

Costain stated that all the projects are part of the regional development partnership for the north of England.

Main construction work on the £220m A1 Birtley to Coal House project is expected to commence later this summer with completion anticipated in 2024/25.

The project runs past the Angel of the North and carries the A1 road over the East Coast Main Line.

The company said that the construction work on the A1 Morpeth to Ellingham project is expected to commence between July and September next year and anticipated to be completed in 2024/5.

Costain programme director Malcolm Bell said: “These critical projects are supporting the region’s economy by improving traffic flow, connecting businesses and communities.

“Our use of digital tools to improve productivity and effectiveness throughout the programme will enable the timely delivery of safer, greener and more efficient roads.”

Highways England is planning to upgrade the eight miles of the A1 between Morpeth and Felton into a dual carriageway.

Work on the project also includes construction of a new dual carriageway, bypassing the existing A1 between Priests Bridge and Burgham Park.

Highways England Yorkshire and the North East regional delivery director Tim Gamon said: “We’re delighted to be working with Costain and Jacobs on these two major upgrades, both of which will be a massive boost for the region’s economy, creating jobs during construction and assisting the region’s future growth.

“They will also increase capacity along the existing carriageway, meaning safer, smoother, more reliable journeys for thousands of people using these sections of the A1 every day.

“Bringing a wealth of expertise to our latest schemes, we look forward to working with them to progress both for the wider benefit of the region.”


Costain wins contract to upgrade A1 road project in the North East. Credit: Costain Group PLC.

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