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North East roadworks update - 4th April - 10th April

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release (NE/138/09) issued by COI News Distribution Service on 3 April 2009

A1M Junctions 58 to 59, County Durham
Slight delays are expected on the A1M between Junctions 58 and 59 due to bridge repairs. There will be a contraflow with narrow lanes both north and southbound and a 50mph speed limit. Restrictions will be in place 24 hours. The works are scheduled until October.

A1M Junction 60 to 62, County Durham
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1M between Junction 60 and 62 for roadworks. There will be one lane open north and southbound between 8pm and 6am. The works will take place until 9 April.

A1M Junction 64 to 65, Gateshead
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1M between junction 64 and 65 for roadworks. There will be two lanes open southbound between 10pm and 5.30am. The works will take place 5 - 6 April.

A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1 at various locations between Blaydon and Seaton Burn for roadworks. There will be one lane open north and southbound between 8pm and 6am. The works will take place until 4 April.

A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1 between Dunston and Blaydon for roadworks. There will be various lane, slip and road closures north and southbound between 8pm and 6am. The works will take place until 9 April.

A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1 at the Lobley Hill interchange for roadworks. There will be one lane open north and southbound between 8pm and 6am. The works will take place until 4 April.

A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1 between Junction 65 and Lobley Hill interchange for roadworks. There will be one lane open northbound between 8pm and 6am. The works will take place 6 - 9 April

A1 Seaton Burn to Morpeth, Northumberland
Slight delays are expected on the A1 at various locations between Seaton Burn and Morpeth for inspection works. There will be one lane open north and southbound between 9.30am and 2.30pm. The works will take until 8 April.

A1 North of Seaton Burn, Northumberland
Slight delays are expected on the A1 just north of Seaton Burn interchange for roadworks. There will be a combination of lane and road closures, with diversions in place, north and southbound between 8pm and 6am. The works will take place 6 - 9 April.

A1 / A19 Seaton Burn, North Tyneside
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A1 and A19 at Seaton Burn Interchange for roadworks. There will be one lane open east and westbound on the A19, and on the north and southbound exit slips of the A1. The works will take place between 8pm and 6am until May. There will also be a 40mph speed restriction in place 24 hrs a day.

A19 Holystone Interchange, North Tyneside
Slight delays are expected on the A19 at Holystone interchange for roadworks. There will be one lane open on the north and southbound exit slip roads between 9.30am and 3.30pm. The works will take place until June.

A66 Darlington Bypass, County Durham
Slight delays are expected overnight on the A66 on the Darlington Bypass at Morton Palms for roadworks. There will be temporary traffic lights in operation westbound between 9pm and 9am. The works will take place 4 - 5 April.

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England's motorways and major A roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Real -time traffic information for England's motorways and major A roads is now available:

* From our new Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at http://www.trafficradio.org.uk To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".

* On the internet at http://www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo

* By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more).

* Before using a mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it's safe and legal before you call.

3. For more general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website http://www.highways.gov.uk, or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time. (Calls to 0845 numbers cost no more than 3p/min from BT residential landlines. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary)

Safety at roadworks
The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of roadworkers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

* Keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety.
* Get into the correct lane in good time - don't keep switching.
* Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
* Be alert for works' traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
* Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front.
* Observe all signs - they are there to help you.

Issued on behalf of Highways Agency by COI News and PR North East
Media contacts Ian Farrimond and Kate Read on 0191 202 3609/3694
Emails: ian.farrimond@coi.gsi.gov.uk kate.read@coi.gsi.gov.uk