Highways England

  1. Lengthy delays on A1 at Durham

    Problems continue on the A1M in Durham because of the weather.

    Heavy snow is causing issues with vehicles stuck.

    Some motorists have reported delays of up to two hours northbound between junctions 60 and 61 and up to an hour southbound between junction 63 and 62.

    The picture below was taken by Highways England traffic officers who warn if you have to travel please allow appropriate time for your journey and make sure you are driving to the conditions.

    Traffic on A1
  2. Hour-long delays on A1 at Durham

    Drivers are being urged to avoid the A1 around Durham as vehicles breaking down in heavy snow are causing hour-long delays.

    County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service tweeted pictures showing the road heavily coated in snow.

    Highways England said there are delays of an up to an hour southbound between junctions 63 and 62 and up to half an hour northbound between junctions 60 and 61.

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  3. Smoother service sought for potholes report system

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A system meaning drivers complaining about potholes to Cumbria's highways engineers sometimes have their message bounced back saying they are contacting the wrong agency is being reviewed to make it less complicated, a meeting in Barrow was told.

    Potholes

    Councillor Ben Shirley, told a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s Barrow local committee that one resident reporting a hole was told that it was for Highways England to repair that one and not the council.

    Angela Jones, a county council director, said everyone was dissatisfied with the current system of automated responses: "We hope the new system will direct the public straight to the right department so they do not have to keep going back and forth all the time with the same complaint.”

    • The budget to fix potholes in Barrow for the next year will be £742,015.
  4. Drivers told £1bn A66 project will make journeys safer

    Drivers are being offered more details about progress on £1bn plans to finish turning the the A66 between Cumbria and the North East into a dual carriageway.

    Highways England has posted a film on its website, which will set out the next steps for the project before a public consultation in the spring on exactly what will be done to develop the remaining unimproved stretches.

    Map showing parts of A66 to be made dual carriageway.

    Matt Townsend,the senior project manager for Highways England, says work is already underway assessing the work necessary and the impacts of the new route in terms of noise or pollution, and that will be stepped up in coming months, so drivers will see people working alongside the road.

    And he says the designs of the new sections will make journeys safer with fewer and better junctions.

    Quote Message: Where people are turning on and off the road on the new dual carriageways, we'll put grade separated junctions in, so an overpass or underpass, under the road." from Matt Townsend
    Matt Townsend
  5. An ancient birthday wish to the best bit of the M6

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    The M6 through Tebay gorge has a significant anniversary today, and Highways England has delved into the dictionary of the Dark Ages to say so.

    The straight line across the hill on the other side of the River Lune is the route of the Roman equivalent, from Lancaster to Carlisle, and if you know where to look, the fortress that guarded it is just on the east side of the motorway as it passes Cumbria's other Borrowdale.

    And just below the motorway is the West Coast Main Line railway, which is never far from the M6 as both climb to around 1,000ft (300m) above sea level at Shap.

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