A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junction improvementsRecently updated

Improvements to two junctions on the A19 at Testos and Downhill Lane. We are carrying out the improvements together as one scheme.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2018/19
Cost:  ¬£100 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021
Programme:  

Progress report

Downhill Lane

Following the Preferred route announcement for Downhill lane, we are now in our statutory consultation period, which is part of the planned Development Consent Order (DCO) Submission. We are planning for a submission date of spring 2018.

Before we submit our application, we are consulting further on the proposals. This is a statutory consultation in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act 2008. It provides an update to the 2016 non-statutory consultation and a further opportunity to hear any views people may have on the proposed scheme.

Have your say on our consultation page

A19 Testos

We have now submitted our planning application which is currently under review with the Planning Inspectorate. You can view more information on the Planning inspectorate website.

What next?

Now we’ve announced our preferred route, we will carry out surveys and investigations to allow us to design the scheme in more detail. We plan to start work on site for Downhill Lane by the end of September 2019.

We plan to start work on site for Downhill Lane in autumn 2019.

Timeline

Date Event
2016/2017 Consultation on Downhill Lane proposals
2017/2018 Further consultation and application for development consent ‚Äď Testos and Downhill Lane
2018/2019 Start of works
2021 End of works

Why we need this scheme

The A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junctions suffer from congestion, especially during peak times, which can result in unreliable journey times. Development of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, promoted by South Tyneside and Sunderland Councils, will mean a long term increase in traffic at the Downhill Lane junction. We need to make sure it is able to cope with increased vehicle numbers.

The scheme in detail

The project is to replace the existing at-grade roundabout junction between the A184 and the A19 (Testos junction) with a grade-separated junction. This involves raising the A19 carriageway above ground on embankments and bridge structures as required to carry it over the existing roundabout. The new raised section of the A19 will be slightly west of its existing alignment to accommodate a widened roundabout, whilst minimising the impact on an electricity sub-station to the east and retaining parts of the existing A19 southbound carriageway for use as new slip roads. Access to and from the A19 north of Testos junction to Downhill Lane junction, which lies 1km to the south, would be via Testos roundabout and new parallel link roads connecting the two junctions. We will carry out these two junction improvements together as a single scheme to minimise disruption to road users and provide cost efficiencies.

Aims

The objectives of this scheme are to:
  • support economic growth
  • provide a safe and serviceable road network
  • provide a more free-flowing road network
  • improve the environment
  • provide an accessible and integrated road network

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J64 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2017 to 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 14 December 2017 to 06:00 on 22 December 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 19 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1058 and the A193 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 December 2017 to 06:00 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 19 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A692 and the junction with the A694 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1058 and the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 December 2017 to 05:30 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm

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