Upgrades announced for northern trans-Pennine route

5th September 2019

trans-pennine upgrade

A new multi-million pound project to improve safety and reduce levels of congestion on the A69 has been announced by Highways England.

The scheme will see major upgrades to the A69 Bridge End junction, with work due to start later this year.

Major upgrades to get underway

Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said: “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.”

He added that the upgrade will also improve access to the A69 into Hexham and will support future action to dual the route.

The scheme will involve the installation of new permanent speed cameras between Hexham West and Haydon Bridge, as well as Warwick and Corby.

It will also see upgrades to the A69 junction at Bridge End, with a lowering of the carriageway to enable future travellers to avoid using the existing roundabout.

In total, 90,000 cubic metres of soil will be removed from the site, while minor resurfacing of the carriageway is also scheduled to take place.

Work in the area is scheduled to begin in October and is being paid for through the Department for Transport’s £220 million Congestion Relief Fund.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “These upgrades to the A69 will benefit travellers greatly once complete. They’ll help to cut journey times in future, as well as making the route safer for all.”