A19 Norton to Wynyard

Widening the A19 between Norton and Wynyard

Start date March 2020
End date 2022
Cost £60 to £70 million

Latest updates

  • 28 August 2020

    Construction update – phase 2 progressing well

    Current work

    We are progressing well with phase 2, which includes street lighting, installing sheet pile retaining walls, excavations, removing and installing message signs, new gantry work, improving existing culverts, road surfacing work, drainage, traffic signs and road markings, on the northbound carriageway.

    We will be completing phase 2 during September and into October.

    Overnight Work and Road Closures

    We are planning overnight works from 7 September till the end of the month, including laying new road surfacing, installing drainage and ducting. The road will be kept open where it is safe to do so but there will be occasions where the A19 northbound and/or the slip roads will need to be closed.

    Then during October, we will be preparing for a traffic management switch from the current southbound contraflow to a northbound contraflow.

    This will also involve overnight working and road closures to allow us to construct temporary widening at Wynyard junction to facilitate the next phase of contraflow, complete surfacing and drainage works that are not accessible within the current traffic management arrangement. We will also re-align traffic lanes, lining and temporary barrier layout.

    We will be switching the traffic management from southbound to northbound contraflow from the end of October into early November.

    We will then be able to move into phase 3, working on the southbound carriageway.

    It is not possible at this stage to be specific about which nights during this period there will be road closures but our Twitter feed, Facebook page and the traffic information pages of the website all provide up-to-the-minute information.

  • 19 August 2020

    Creating retaining walls

    We are using state-of-the-art vibrating piling rigs to create retaining walls along the side of the northbound carriageway. This has halved the amount of time we need to install piling in this section. It has also reduced noise and vibrations compared with more traditional methods.

    We are now starting bored piling and continuing with drainage and earthworks and will be working on both sides of the carriageway over the next few weeks.

    We’d like to thank you for your patience during these essential works and to apologise for the disturbance and inconvenience our work causes you. We are doing everything we can to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to an absolute minimum.

Project information


We are increasing the A19 from two lanes in each direction to three lanes between Norton and Wynyard.

Traffic is expected to grow with new housing and employment developments planned for the area and this scheme allows for this to happen.

The scheme will benefit local residents and businesses by relieving congestion, improving journey time reliability and network resilience.

Replacement of the road surface will also reduce road traffic noise. The scheme will promote growth in the local economy and local area by bringing forward developments in the Tees Valley area, supporting the government’s initiative for growth in the north-east.

Both carriageways will be widened to provide three traffic lanes. The existing speed limit of 70mph will be retained.

The existing section of concrete carriageway will be replaced with low-noise surfacing.

Any current public rights of way including footbridges and underpasses will either be maintained or replaced.

The additional lane in both directions provided between the junctions will help traffic joining or leaving the A19.

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • reduce congestion by increasing road capacity
  • significantly reduce traffic noise
  • reduce delays and improve journey reliability
  • make journeys safer by improving the standard and capacity of the road
  • support economic growth by assisting in bringing forward developments in the Tees Valley while supporting the government’s initiative for growth in the north-east


Traffic information

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

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