A19 Downhill Lane junction improvement

Downhill Lane improvement will provide extra capacity on the junction between the A19 and the A1290 in Sunderland, supporting the regional economy and plans for the development of International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

Start date 2020-21
End date TBC
Cost £51.6 million

Latest updates

  • 08 October 2020

    How we’ll carry out our work

    We’ll carry out our work in four phases and it’ll take around 18 months to complete. We’ve just published our start of work brochure which gives full details of each phase of our work.

    We’re currently in phase one of the work which started in September and will carry on until spring 2021.

    We’ll construct new drainage in the verges next to the A19. We’ll also strengthen the central reserve so that traffic can run on it and remove the existing islands either side of the junction.

    During all phases of the work, if you’re travelling to or from Boldon, you’ll be diverted at Downhill Lane East onto the A19 and through Testo’s junction.

  • 17 September 2020

    We’ve started work

    We started work on our A19 Downhill Lane junction improvement scheme on 14 September 2020.

    This scheme forms part of a wider strategy to upgrade the A19 and A1 in the north east, and will support the government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda – helping create a transport system that’s an engine for economic growth.

    We have designed this improvement to deliver benefits for road users, local communities and to support the region’s economy.  On completion it will help with economic growth, connectivity with the local road network, improve safety and reduce congestion.

    As work progresses, you will notice more activity on the areas around Downhill Lane, Washington Road and the A1290.  Our team will also be amending the traffic management that is currently in place on the A19. 

    Over the next few weeks you’ll see our workers start installing safety barriers, clearing vegetation and build new fencing.  We will also be removing some of the existing signs, street lighting and installing temporary traffic management.

    The following closures will be in operation:

    Monday 21 to Thursday 24 September - between 8pm and 6am

    • A19 northbound full closure between Hylton and Downhill
    • A19 southbound lane 2 closure Testo to Downhill
    • A19 northbound entry slip road at Hylton closed
    • A19 northbound exit slip at Downhill closed

    Monday 28 September to Thursday 1 October - between 8pm and 6am

    • A19 northbound full closure Hylton to Downhill
    • A19 southbound lane 2 closure Testo to Downhill
    • A19 northbound entry slip at Hylton closed
    • A19 northbound exit slip at Downhill closed
    • A184 full closure Testos to BMW showroom

    Monday 5 to Thursday 8 October - between 8pm and 6am

    • A19 northbound full closure Hylton to Downhill
    • A19 southbound lane 2 closure Testo to Downhill
    • A19 northbound entry slip at Hylton closed
    • A19 northbound exit slip at Downhill closed
    • A184 full closure Testos to BMW showroom

    All our sites have strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public.

    You can see further information on our Twitter feed @HighwaysNEAST with the hashtag #A19DownhillLane.

  • 12 August 2020

    Development Consent Order (DCO) granted

    A new bridge will be constructed to the south of the existing bridge over the A19, creating a more traditional roundabout layout above the A19. 

    New link roads will also be created between Downhill Lane junction and the new Testo's junction improvement currently being constructed less than a mile to the north of the Downhill Lane site.

    Together these schemes will support economic growth in the region, improve journey times and provide new facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. 

    The Development Consent Order - the planning legislation giving consent for a project to go ahead - has now been granted.

  • 06 January 2020

    Development Consent Order (DCO) examination period

    On 20 December 2019 the Examining Authority responsible for deciding on the Development Consent Order (DCO) made a request for further information and changes to the timetable for the A19 Downhill Lane Junction Improvement Examination.

    The DCO is in the examination period, meaning that the Planning Inspectorate has up to six months to carry out the examination. During this stage interested parties who have registered by making a relevant representation are invited to provide more details of their views in writing. Careful consideration is given by the Examining Authority to all the important and relevant matters including the representations of all interested parties, any supporting evidence submitted and answers provided to the Examining Authority’s questions set out in writing or posed at hearings.

    The DCO process is continuing with responses to the additional questions due by 7 January 2020. Interested parties will have been contacted direct and invited to respond by 14 January 2020.

Project information

Overview

The improvement scheme is designed to support plans to extend the IAMP development which is a joint venture between Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils. It will be located across the Councils’ boundaries north of the Nissan car plant, alongside the A19 to the west of Downhill Lane junction. The two local authorities have a shared ambition to develop a high quality strategic employment site for advanced manufacturing that will attract national and international business investment and facilitate job creation.  

The IAMP is predicted to create up to 7850 new jobs and attract £295 million investment by 2026/27. The junction at Downhill Lane will provide access to the strategic road network from the IAMP. 

The preferred route for Downhill Lane is the construction of a new bridge to the south of the existing (A1290) bridge across the A19. Together with the existing bridge this would form a more traditional roundabout junction layout above the A19. The existing north-bound and south-bound A19 slip roads would be realigned to tie in with the new elevated roundabout. To the north of the junction, these would serve as link roads between Downhill Lane junction and the proposed new Testo's junction roundabout. The slip roads south of the junction would provide direct access to and from the A19. 

The scheme would provide improved connectivity with the local road network. Facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders would be enhanced by providing a separate non-motorised user bridge over the A19 and Washington Road. 

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 

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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