The government plans to spend millions of pounds at the A69 Bridge End junction – a vital trans-pennine link – to reduce congestion and improve safety for motorists using this vital junction.
Major upgrades to this route will also improve journey times for the 26,000 drivers who use this route daily.
As part of the project, permanent average speed cameras are being installed; this is seen as crucial in improving the safety at two specific locations along the road.
They will be installed between Hexham West and Haydon Bridge, and between Warwick and Corby Hill on the A69; locations were chosen following a safety review.
Russell Mclean, Highways England project manager, said about the upgrades: “The A69 is used by around 26,000 drivers every day and these essential improvements will make the A69 safer while reducing congestion and improving journeys.
“The Bridge End upgrade will also improve access from the A69 into Hexham, reducing the amount of accidents at the junction and aiding any future proposals to dual the route.”
Work to upgrade the junction at Bridge End will start in October; the project will see the A69 lowered under the junction, allowing drivers to continue on the route without needing to use the roundabout.
Two new bridges will be created, new drainage installed and the entire junction resurfaced as part of the project that will see approximately 90,000 cubic metres of soil removed.
The improvements have been in the pipeline for almost three years, and will be funded by the £220 million Congestion Relief Fund.
Safety is a key issue on the road network in the country; only recently, the Transport Select Committee has highlighted how poor driving behaviours make collisions more likely, and an experiment from Highways England showed that roads can be made safer if drivers change their habits.
The installations on the A69 can hopefully have the same effect.