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
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

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Progress report

Have your say on our consultation page

Our consultation on Testos junction is now live on our consultation page for 5 weeks, ending on 6 March 2017. This is your opportunity to give us your thoughts on the proposed scheme and tell us about any changes that have occurred locally since then which may impact on our design.

Our consultation on Downhill Lane junction closed on 6 January 2017. We received over 100 questionnaires from local residents and businesses providing valuable information to the project team. We will analyse the information provided and compile it into a consultation report which summarises the feedback. We will make this report 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. You will have a further opportunity to comment on the proposals for Downhill Lane junction later this year.

We expect construction of both elements, Testos and Downhill Lane, 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

We are developing improvements for the A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junctions. We will carry out these two junction improvements together as a single scheme to minimise disruption to road users and provide cost efficiencies At Testos junction we plan to raise the A19 above the A184 on a flyover. We are currently consulting on the proposed improvements for Downhill Lane. Our proposed option for Downhill Lane will involve the construction of a new bridge to the south of the existing bridge to create a raised roundabout above the A19 and construction of new slip roads connecting to the A19 and Testos junction. There will be a realignment of the adjacent side roads to tie in with the roundabout maintaining existing routes for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

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

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

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Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 February 2017. Location : The A19 southbound between the A183 and the junction with the A690 . Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Period : from 16:00 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 31 October 2018. Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A193 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A692 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 22 February 2017 to 24 February 2017. Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A194 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A191 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1290 and the junction with the A184 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 February 2017 to 00:00 on 22 February 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A191 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 March 2017. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 February 2017 to 06:00 on 23 February 2017. Location : The A1 southbound. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 February 2017 to 06:00 on 24 February 2017. Location : The A1 southbound. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 February 2017. Location : The A19 southbound entry slip from the A183 . Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. Location : The A1 northbound between the A692 and the junction with the A184 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 February 2017. Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A690 . Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 22 February 2017 to 24 February 2017. Location : The A19 southbound between the A185 and the junction with the A194 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 10:00 on 22 February 2017 to 14:00 on 22 February 2017. Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A182 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Period : from 15:55 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 31 October 2018. Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A191 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 February 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1231 and the A183 . Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:10 pm

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