‘Tunstall not on A1 diversion route’, officials confirm

Damaged caused in Tunstall by diverted traffic. Photo: Grace Cauldwell

Officials from Highways England are to remind wagon drivers that Tunstall is not on the diversion route when the A1 is closed.

Police were called to the village last Thursday night after motorway traffic took a detour through the village.

HGVs caused damage to verges and knocked over a wall. One vehicle got stuck, causing long delays for other motorists.

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Residents said there was “chaos” for several hours and said there had been similar problems earlier in the week.

Highways England told Richmondshire Today they were aware of the issues through the village last week.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to highlight that the official diversion route for the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme does not use routes that take traffic through the town.

“When agreeing diversion routes that take drivers onto local roads Highways England works with local authorities to make sure they are suitable for all types of traffic.

“We will continue to liaise with the local hauliers to ensure that they have up to date information relating to our closures and diversion routes.

“Weight restriction signs have also been renewed as part of our scheme where we are upgrading the A1 between Leeming and Barton to motorway standards.”