A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junction improvements

Approximately 1.1km apart, 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 and we need to make major improvements to ensure these junctions are able to cope with increased vehicle numbers. Objectives include:

  • supporting economic growth
  • providing a safe and serviceable road network
  • providing a more free-flowing road network
  • improving the environment
  • providing an accessible and integrated road network

Our improvement programme includes two schemes:

Testos roundabout is a major junction forming the intersection of the A19 with the A184, south of the Tyne Tunnel entrance at Jarrow. There is severe congestion at this roundabout at peak times and our proposals aim to improve the junction by raising the A19 on a flyover and building new slip roads to connect it to the A184 via the Testos roundabout. This means through traffic on the A19 would not have to use the roundabout and access between Testos roundabout and Downhill Lane junction would be provided using link roads.

Downhill Lane junction is located just over 5km south of the Tyne Tunnel and approximately 1.1km south of the Testos junction. It forms the junction between the A19 and the A1290 which is one of the main access routes for the Nissan car plant and Washington Road which runs into north Sunderland. South Tyneside and Sunderland Councils are planning the development of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) within land to the west of the A19 and north of the Nissan plant and it is planned that access to the IAMP will be from the Downhill Lane junction.

 

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