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Junction 61


Junction 61 links the A1M, A177 and A688 south of Bowburn. New developments around the area will see an increase in the number of vehicles, so we need to improve the junction.

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All work on this road project will be undertaken with staff working to social distancing guidelines.

The work started in June 2019 and we hope to complete it by early summer 2020.

What's happening now

Work resumed on Monday 11 May and is now due to be completed ahead of schedule. Daily road closures are in place from 6.00am to 6.00pm until Sunday 31 May.

  • The southbound entrance and exit on the A1(M) Bowburn will be closed with no access to the B6291 towards Coxhoe and A177 towards Bowburn from the southbound entrance from Monday 11 May to Tuesday 19 May while work is undertaken. There will also be no east to west access from Coxhoe to Bowburn during this period.
  • The northbound entrance and exit on the A1(M) Bowburn will be closed along with no access to the A177 towards Bowburn or RoadChef services on the A688 from Wednesday 20 May until Sunday 31 May while work is undertaken. There will also be no west to east access from Coxhoe to Bowburn during this period.

Diversions will be in place throughout the duration of these works and those making essential journeys are advised to allow extra time when planning their route.

What we are doing

To meet the increasing use of the junction and improve safety, we will be carrying out works over the coming months. We will:

  • add new lanes and widen existing ones
  • add new traffic lights at the Roadchef junction
  • improve pedestrian access around the junction

Full project

Phase 1: complete

We will be working across the junction with off peak lane closures and traffic lights with manual control at peak times. Please allow extra time for your journey.

Phase 2: in progress

We will be working at the RoadChef junction on the A688 and around the northern edge of the junction.

Phase 3: complete

We will be working around the roundabout on the junction.

Phase 4: in progress

We will be working on the A688 at the Roadchef junction and the traffic island at the main junction.

Phase 5: in progress

We will be working on the A1M north exit slip road round to the A688.

Phase 6: complete

We will be working on the A688 northbound side towards the A177.

Phase 7: in progress

We will be resurfacing the junction and finalising the new traffic lights.

Background

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Junction 61 links the A1M, A177 and A688 south of Bowburn. Durham motorway services is also on this junction, accessed from the A688. The junction is a key link for businesses, residents and those using the motorway, allowing access to many other parts of the county. New developments around the area will see an increase in the number of vehicles using the junction daily.

In total, the project is going to cost £4.5m; with funding being provided by Highways England, Roadchef and us.

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