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A1(M) Bramham to Wetherby

A1(M) Bramham to Wetherby

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Remaining work is associated with landscaping and drainage works on the local access roads and any remaining items of work associated with the A1 mainline not requiring day time lane closures. Traffic signals have been installed at Bowcliffe T - Junction and on the A1 (M) Northbound exit slip road at J45 Grange Moor roundabout to enhance road safety. All minor outstanding items of work are planned for completion by spring 2010.

The Under-Secretary of State for Transport: Christopher Mole MP attended a completion of works ceremony at Wetherby Grange on the 1 December 2009 and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the end of major construction.

Responsible for operation of the local access road network was handed over to Leeds City Council in December 2009.

The area used for the site compound has been returned to agricultural use.

This information remains correct as of  9 February 2010.

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 85,000 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 £71m 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 Inn, Walshford. The Inspector reported his findings and the Secretary of State's decision was announced on 16 November 2006. The Inspector's Report and Secretary of State's 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 substantial completion achieved in December 2009.

During the upgrade it has been necessary to close the A1 overnight on Saturdays on a number of occasions to demolish old and construct new bridges at Wetherby Grange and Walton Road. The old Wetherby Grange bridge was demolished completely in one weekend overnight possession of the A1 in June 2008. The old Walton Road bridge was demolished in 3 stages over separate closures of the A1 in November and December 2008. During the closures a diversion route using the new local access road between Grange Moor and Walton Road was used to bypass the works.

From mid February 2009 the newly constructed southbound motorway carriageway near Wetherby was used for 2 x 2 lane contra-flow. This traffic arrangement operated for approximately 10 weeks while the new northbound motorway carriageway and the new local access road around Wetherby were constructed. The new local access road bypass of Wetherby opened to traffic on Wednesday 8 April 2009. The contra-flow on the A1 southbound carriageway was lifted on Friday 1 May and A1 traffic ran on lanes 2 and 3 on both north and southbound motorway carriageways while motorway communications cabling and equipment were installed.

During the week beginning the 1 June 2009, Junction numbering of the A1 at Hook Moor and Bramham crossroads changed to ensure that junction numbering along this section south of Wetherby run in sequence. The changes are as follows:

  • The A1(M)/M1 Hook Moor junction number changed from 44 to 43;
  • The A1(M)/A64 Bramham Crossroads junction number changed from 45 to 44;
  • The existing A1/A659 Grange Moor junction became A1(M) Junction 45;
  • The existing A1/B1224 Kirk Deighton junction will remain A1(M) Junction 46.

On Friday 31 July 2009 the A1 between Bramham Crossroads and Kirk Deighton Junction, north of Wetherby became motorway standard. At this time, all traffic management on the new A1(M) around Wetherby was lifted.