Following the public consultation, which ran until January 2017, we have analysed your feedback, which showed that 69% of people who responded supported Option A which was presented at consultation. We are now taking this option forward as our preferred route. Further information about how we reached this decision can be read in the following documents:
- preferred route announcement leaflet; this explains the process so far and how we’ve reached our preferred route
- consultation report; the full technical analysis of the public consultation
You can view the reports and all the consultation material on the consultation page.
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 in autumn 2019.
|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 schemeThe 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.
AimsThe 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
Project media files and documents
A19 Downhill Lane Consultation Report April 2017
A19 Downhill Lane Public Exhibition Panels December 2016
A19 Testos consultation brochure 2016/2017
A19 Testos junction improvement preliminary environmental information 2016/2017
Statement of Community Consultation January 2017
Draft DCO document including Land and Works Plans
A19 Downhill Lane consultation brochure
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 Improvement - Statement of Community Consultation -2014 | Community Consultation document
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