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:  TBC
Cost:  £100 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

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Progress report

Our consultation on Testos closed on 6 March 2017. We received valuable information from local residents and businesses about changes that have occurred locally since the 2014 consultation. We will analyse the information and compile it into a consultation report which summarises the feedback. We will make this report available on the website.

Our consultation on Downhill Lane junction closed on 6 January 2017. Information provided by Local residents and businesses has been collated and currently being summarised in a consultation report. Once completed the consultation report will be available on the website.

What next?

To meet targets set out in our Delivery Plan, we will make two separate applications for development consent.

We will submit the Testos application in summer 2017 and Downhill Lane in spring 2018. A statutory consultation on Downhill Lane is planned for later this year. This will provide further opportunity to comment on the proposals.

We will continue to work collaboratively with IAMP, South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils to ensure a joined up approach with the proposed IAMP development.

We expect construction to start by 2019/2020.

Timeline

Date Event
2016/2017 Consultation on Downhill Lane proposals
2017/2018 Further consultation and application for development consent – Testos and Downhill Lane
2019/2020 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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Project documents
A19 Downhill Lane Public Exhibition Panels December 2016 |
A19 Testos Junction Improvement Consultation Leaflet - 2014 | Public Consultation Leaflet
A19 Testos Junction Improvements - Preferred Route Announcement – 2014 | Consultation results and presented preferred route, announced by the Secretary of State on 03 June 2014
A19 Testos Junction Improvements - Public Consultation Leaflet - March 2009 | Public Consultation Leaflet
A19 Testos Junction Improvements - Public Consultation Questionnaire - March 2009 | Consultation questionnaire 2009
A19 Testos Junction Improvement - Statement of Community Consultation -2014 | Community Consultation document

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1018 and the A690 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A690 and the junction with the A1018 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1290 and the junction with the A1231 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A185 and the junction with the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 28 April 2017 to 15:30 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:57 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 28 April 2017 to 15:30 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:57 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A186 and the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 01:50 on 7 April 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2019.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 6:27 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 01:47 on 7 April 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2019.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 6:27 am

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