steel beamsThe steel beams due to go into place on the A1 Leeming to Barton link near Catterick are part of plans to reduce journey times between London and Newcastle, as well as to save lives along the route.

A total of 32 concrete steel beams are going into a bridge on the motorway-standard route, which will complete the north-south link between Newcastle and London.

It is due to open in 2016-17; however, poor weather meant the plans to install the 32 steel beams on November 27th and 28th had to be put on hold temporarily.

Once they are in place, the concrete steel beams will allow the link to be completed, and for the first time the UK will have a continuous route between the two cities that is of motorway quality along its entire length.

This should cut as much as 20% off of journey times between the two, and prevent up to 450 serious road accidents and 20 fatalities over a 60-year period.

It completes the route, much of which is already of motorway standard, which is currently served by the M1 and the A1M.