National Highways warn drivers of more delays on A1 near Gateshead as repairs continue

National Highways guidance asks motorists to allow extra time on A1 near Gateshead as repairs continue
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Drivers are being warned to allow extra time for journeys on the A1 near Gateshead as repairs continue.

National Highways are working to investigate and repair a large void discovered near a verge.

One lane is still closed during the day between junctions 66 at Eighton Lodge and 65 at Birtley, for the safety of drivers after the discovery of a four-metre-deep cavity near the junction 65 exit slip. It is expected to remain closed throughout the week.

The junction 65 southbound exit slip is also closed, meaning there will be no access to the A1231 from the A1 southbound. Non-motorway traffic is being diverted to leave the A1 at junction 66.

Overnight full closures have been in place on the southbound carriageway since last week, following the discovery of issues with mine workings in the area. The closures are to enable further investigation and repairs.

Further full closures are scheduled on the A1 southbound between junctions 68 at Lobley Hill and 65 overnight on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Traffic will be diverted away from the A1 at junction 69, and overnight closures are scheduled between 8pm and 6am the next day.

National Highways Project Manager Helen Burrow said: "We’re working to have the road fully reopened as soon as it’s safe to do so. We’re continuing to carry out further exploratory work and, at the moment, anticipate that the repairs will continue this week.

"We’ll continue to share progress updates as we get a clearer picture of how long the closures will need to remain in place. We appreciate road users have already experienced delays, especially during peak times, but the closures are essential to make sure everybody gets to their destination safely.

"While they’re in place, we strongly advise everyone to plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time to travel. People may wish to avoid the area entirely, plan alternative routes if possible, and avoid travelling during the busiest periods."

The National Highways customer contact centre is also available at 0300 123 5000 or email