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A1(M) Bramham to Wetherby

A1(M) Bramham to Wetherby

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The Project

This section of the A1 forms part of the strategic route between London and Edinburgh as well as providing a trunk road link to principal towns.

Traffic flows on the A1 in this area are currently in the order of 83,000 vehicles per day. This number is expected to rise to approximately 135,000 vehicles per day in about 20 years time.

Congestion encourages drivers to avoid the trunk route, bringing pollution and noise into local towns and villages and making residential roads more dangerous.

On the 25th June 2002 the Minister for Transport announced a package of improvements on the A1 which included a scheme to upgrade 10km (6 miles) of the A1 between the A64 Bramham Crossroads and Wetherby to a dual three-lane motorway.

At an estimated scheme cost of £60.8m the scheme will reduce congestion, substantially improve journey times and safety on this heavily used section of the A1.

The Public Inquiry 

A Public Inquiry into the objections to the Orders was held from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 9th February 2006 at the Bridge, Walshford. The Inspector has reported his findings and the Secretary of State's decision was announced on 16 November 2006. The Inspector's Report and Secretary of State‚Äôs decision can be viewed on the DfT website.

The Secretary of State's decision required the Highways Agency to consult further on proposed modifications to the Wetherby Grange Bridge, and Walton Road.  These consultations were completed in January 2007 and a further Secretary of State's decision was made on 3 April 2007.

The Secretary of States decision on the remaining Orders for this scheme can be viewed on the DfT website.

Under Construction

The main construction works started on 30 April 2007, with a programmed completion date of Summer 2009.

Bad weather affected construction progress in the May to July 2007 period but improved conditions at the end of 2007, and also this year, have allowed the contractor to make up time.

During the upgrade it will be necessary to close the A1 overnight on Saturdays on four occasions. The first was in April, which was to allow bridge beams to be put in placeon the new Wetherby Grange Bridge, and which went ahead without any significant delays.

The second A1 closure was on Saturday 28 June when the A1 was closed northbound from 7pm and southbound from 8pm, until early on Sunday afternoon. The closure of the A1 was between Walton Road and the A659 at Grange Moor. This enabled the safe demolition of the old Wetherby Grange Bridge, which has been replaced with a wider bridge. The signed diversion route running parallel to the A1 used the newly constructed Local Access Roads.

The last two A1 closures are currently planned for September and November, and are associated with the replacement and demolition of an existing bridge at Walton Road.

Public Exhibition

A public exhibition was held at Wetherby Town Hall on the 1st and 2nd of June 2007.  The exhibition was well attended with over 867 people passing through the doors over the 2 days.

In order to improve our customer service we asked 50 attendees (98% response rate) to fill in a questionnaire rating the quality of our exhibition. The results are as follows:

  • 98% of people regarded our displays as good to very good
  • 98% of people thought the helpfulness of the exhibition staff was good to very good
  • 98% of people believed the usefulness of the information provided was good to very good
  • And 98% of people rated the choice of Wetherby Town Hall, as the exhibition venue, as good to very good.