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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.

What's happening

The work starts in June 2019 and we hope to complete it by spring 2020.

Phase 1: June-July 2019 - We are 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.

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 services
  • improve pedestrian access around the junction

Full project

Phase 1: June-July 2019 - in progress

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: July-September 2019

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

Phase 3: September-October 2019

We will be working around the roundabout on the junction.

Phase 4: October 2019

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

Phase 5: October-November 2019

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

Phase 6: November-December 2019

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

Phase 7: December-spring 2020

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

Background

Icon for pdf Junction 61 video transcript (PDF, 64.0kb)

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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