National Highways is set to start work on improving the A69 dual carriageway from next month, with resurfacing work to take place at Hexham, Throckley and Heddon.

This will lead to improved journeys for drivers in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Northumberland, National Highways say.

The overnight work is expected to take place over four weeks, starting Monday, July 3.

Ben Dobson, National Highways A69 Department Representative, explained that the A69 is an important route used by thousands of drivers every day and it is important to ensure the surface is in good condition and that resurfacing takes place, for the sake of driver safety.

He said: “We’re carrying out this work overnight when traffic levels are lightest, to minimise disruption. 

"However, we advise people planning to travel in the area during these closures to plan ahead, allow more time for their journeys and follow signposted diversions.” 

Work will focus on resurfacing the following areas; a 1.6-mile stretch of road between Bankfoot Bridge and Corchester Lane Underbridge at Hexham, from half a mile west of Throckley Bridge to just over half a mile east of Throckley Bridge eastbound, from one mile east of Throckley Bridge, westwards to Throckley Bridge itself westbound, and the full Heddon westbound exit slip road.

All resurfacing will be done from 7pm to 7am the following day, with work mainly being carried out under lane closures and speed restrictions put in place.

While the slip roads at Throckley and Heddon are closed for resurfacing, diversions will be clearly signposted.

Drivers travelling in the area during this time are advised to plan ahead, allow more time for their journeys and follow signposted diversions.

The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in poor conditions.

Those requiring further information on this scheme should contact National Highways on 0300 123 5000 or by emailing

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