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A1 Dishforth to Barton Improvement Scheme

A1 Dishforth to Barton Improvement Scheme

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Area 14Map of the Agency's Operational Areas
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Programme of Major SchemesRoad Schemes Managed by the Highways Agency
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The Project

The existing A1 is an all-purpose two lane dual carriageway carrying in the region of 45-54,000 vehicles per day with approximately one-quarter being heavy goods vehicles. The route generally follows the 'Dere Street' Roman Road except for deviations at Leeming and Catterick. Constructed in the 1950's and early 60's, the existing A1 fails to meet present day standards for layout and alignment. There are a high number of sub-standard accesses, central reserve crossings and local road junctions. Slow moving agricultural vehicles use the route to enter and exit farms and fi elds adjoining the A1. The route has a poor accident record with continuing safety, congestion and journey time reliability problems.

The objectives of the proposed improvement are to reduce current high levels of accidents, congestion and enhance journey time reliability by upgrading the existing A1 to dual 3-lane motorway standard. The proposal is generally on the line of the existing road with a localised off-line section at Catterick South, to the west of Bainesse Farm. Motorway junctions are proposed at Dishforth, Baldersby (A61), Leeming, Catterick Central, Scotch Corner (A66) and Barton.

Other crossing points for all users, over or under the motorway, are proposed at:

  • Rainton (existing bridge)
  • Sinderby
  • Street Lane
  • Burneston Hargill (Oak Tree Underpass)
  • Gatenby Lane (existing bridge)
  • Londonderry
  • Bedale/Northallerton Road (A684)
  • Tickergate Lane
  • Catterick Lane/Tunstall Road
  • Catterick Road (A6136)
  • Brompton South Bridge
  • Brompton North Bridge (Station Road)
  • Catterick North Bridge

A Local Access Road will be provided where appropriate to meet the needs of local and non-motorway traffic. Care has been taken to meet the needs of equestrians, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport, both local and long distance.


As a result of objections and other representations made in response to the above Draft Scheme and Orders published on the 31 March 2006, twenty five (25) Objectors Alternatives and fifteen (15) Highways Agency Minor Modifications have now been published.

Plans showing these alternatives in more detail may be seen at the following locations:

Highways Agency,
8 City Walk,
LS11 9AT

Hambleton District Council,
Customer Services Civic Centre,
Stone Cross,
DL6 2UU;

Richmondshire District Council,
Dundas Street,
DL10 7AF

What Happens Next?

The Public Inquiry Closed on Friday 3rd November 2006. The next stage is the Secretary Decision Letter which is expected Spring 2008.

The contact for any further information regarding the above, is Bernard Walford, at the Highways Agency, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS11 9AT: Telephone 0113 283 6533, e-mail

Although Order publication was later than anticipated, we are committed to completion of statutory procedures and delivery of this upgrade as soon as possible. The programmed date for the start of works is Autumn 2008 with completion in Autumn 2011.

The A1 Dishforth to Barton Improvement is included in the 'National Schemes' category of the Targeted Programme of Improvements