A1 Leeming to Barton upgrade

aerial photo of A1
Morgan Sindall Carillion JV
North Yorkshire
Jun 2014
Mar 2018

VGC is providing key workers on this important scheme.

The works include widening an 12-mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Scotch Corner, and creating an alternative route for local traffic.

Staff provided by VGC include groundworkers, general operatives, and dumper roller drivers.

In October 2014 the client JV senior works manager arranged a pay increase for two of our workers, Shaun Mills and Jack Pressdee, as a recognition of their efforts and attitude to work.

Tommy Hunter, operations manager
Tommy Hunter, operations manager

In November 2017 the senior works manager reported that “without VGC’s commitment we would have struggled to meet programme requirements on the A1 project”, thanking Tommy Hunter, operations manager, and the team.

About the project

The Morgan Sindall Carillion JV was contracted by Highways England to upgrade part of the A1 in North Yorkshire to a three-lane motorway.

Once completed, the £380.3m A1 Leeming to Barton scheme will stimulate growth and boost the economy by creating a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle (including the M1 and A1M). It will also reduce journey times and improve safety.VGC worker

As well as from replacing the existing dual carriageway, the project includes a new local access road alongside the new motorway, which will make traffic safer for the local communities. Access to the strategic road network will be via a new grade separated junction at Catterick and an improved road connection at Scotch Corner.

Highways England Project Manager Thomas Howard said: “This important upgrade scheme will deliver significant benefits to road users and businesses in both the local area and beyond.”

The project won the 2017 Construction Investing in Talent award for ‘Best project to work on’.