A167 road

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A167 shield

Major junctions
From Topcliffe
  A1(M) Junction 63
To Kenton Bar
Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northallerton
Road network

The A167 is a road in North East England. Most of its route was formerly the A1 being the original route of the Great North Road until the A1 was re-routed with the opening of the A1(M) in the 1960s.


The route starts from the A168 at Topcliffe, North Yorkshire and runs to Cowgate, Tyne and Wear where the route splits in two. The northern fork continues to Kenton Bar, where it meets the A1 and the A696, while the southern fork heads west, again terminating at the A1, this time at Westerhope.

From the Topcliffe A168 Junction, the route runs north through Northallerton, and crosses the A66 road just east of the A66(M) section. It runs on through Darlington, across A1(M) junction 59, and on to Newton Aycliffe, Ferryhill, Durham and Chester-le-Street.

A167 North of Durham exiting Pity Me Roundabout Northbound

The A167 bypass at Chilton near Ferryhill was completed and opened to traffic on 20 June 2005. Construction had started in 2004, 65 years after first proposed when the route was still the A1.

Beyond Chester-le-Street the A167 continues to A1(M) junction 63 and through Birtley before crossing the A1 at the junction near the Angel of the North. (The first route of the Great North Road ran via Wrekenton on the present B1296. The second route ran via Low Fell on the A167. The third route ran from the A1(M) junction 65 via the A194(M) and the A19 Tyne Tunnel, to the Wideopen A1/A19 Junction.)

The start point of the Great North Run is on the A167(M) Central Motorway in Newcastle.


A167(M) shield

Route information
Length 1.1 mi (1.8 km)
Existed 1975–present
Major junctions
From Jesmond
To Tyne Bridge north end
Newcastle upon Tyne
Road network
Sliproads to/from A167(M) at Swan House junction

The A167 continues through Gateshead across the Tyne Bridge into Newcastle upon Tyne, where it becomes the A167(M) Newcastle Central Motorway for a short distance. After the city centre it reverts to dual carriageway to its terminus at the Kenton Bar A1/A696 junction.

Originally the road was the A1(M), but changes to the route of the A1 have caused changes to the route number.[1] When the A1 was re-routed through the Tyne Tunnel, it was renumbered as the A6127(M)[2] – becoming one of only two four-digit, Axxxx(M) motorways, the other being the A6144(M) motorway. After the construction of the A1 western bypass, the Tyne Tunnel became the A19 and the A6127(M) became the A167(M).[3]

The A167(M) is unusual in that it has a slip road leading from an unclassified road directly onto the right-hand ("fast") lane at Camden Street; a result of its two-tier construction. However, as of late 2011 this slip road is closed. It also has other junctions where entry to and exit from the motorway is via the outside lane, which can lead to a lot of weaving and conflicting traffic movement. The A167(M) is subject to a 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) speed limit throughout.


A167(M) motorway
Northbound exits no junction numbers Southbound exits
Road continues as A167 to Kenton, Gosforth
and Jesmond, South Gosforth, Newcastle city centre B1318
Start of motorway
North Shields, Tynemouth A1058 North Shields, Tynemouth A1058
Byker A193, B1307 (Manors) Byker A193, B1307
Start of motorway (Swan House) Road continues as A167 to Gateshead, South Shields
and Newcastle city centre, Byker, Elswick A186


The VC167 cycling club is named after the road.


In June 2019, North Yorkshire County Council prioritised a scheme to construct a bypass on the A167 around the town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire. This would be a north/south road which was costed at £40 million in 2019.[4]


  1. ^ Pathetic Motorways: A1(M) Central Motorway East
  2. ^ Pathetic Motorways: A6127(M)
  3. ^ "A167 (M)". Pathetic Motorways. Archived from the original on 6 May 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  4. ^ Minting, Stuart (18 June 2019). "Major bypass schemes, including Northallerton, put on priority list after review". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

External links

  • CBRD Motorway Database – A167(M)
  • Pathetic Motorways – A167(M)
  • BBC News: A167 Chilton Bypass Opens
  • The Motorway Archive – A167(M)

Coordinates: 54°34′09″N 1°32′54″W / 54.56913°N 1.54847°W / 54.56913; -1.54847

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