Laybys to be removed on A1 to ‘improve safety’

NEAABE120214c1, M1 motorway near junction 26
NEAABE120214c1, M1 motorway near junction 26

Work will begin on Monday to remove a number of laybys on the A1.

In total nine laybys on the northbound and southbound carriageways between Redhouse and Darrington will be closed which will improve safety for drivers travelling along this route.

The work will start on February 9 and will take approximately six months to complete.

Highways Agency project manager, Tim Calvert, said: “By removing these laybys we will improve safety on the A1 between Redhouse and Darrington. The lay-bys are not designed to current safety standards and slow-moving HGVs accessing or exiting the laybys cause disruptions to traffic flows.

“There are a number of alternative locations along this stretch of the A1 for drivers to take free rest periods, with service areas located at Blyth, Darrington, Barnsdale Bar and Ferrybridge.”

The work will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am.

During the night time work lane one and hard shoulder will be closed, the affected laybys will remain coned off throughout the work.