As set out in the Road Investment Strategy (RIS) of December 2014, construction of the A1 dualling schemes between Morpeth and Ellingham is expected to start works in 2019/20. It is anticipated that all improvements will be completed by 2023. This is subject to completion of statutory planning processes and continuing to demonstrate value for money.
The latest cost estimate range for the A1 in Northumberland programme is between £242 m and £344 m with the most likely estimate being £290 m. With regard specifically to the dualling upgrade between Morpeth and Ellingham, Highways England is currently carrying out surveys of the area to inform the preliminary design of the scheme. This survey work will then be used to inform the cost estimate for the dualling element of the improvements.