A19 Testo’s junction

To improve the Testo's junction in conjunction with Downhill Lane junction as a programme of works.

Region:  North East
Start date:  March 2019
Cost:  £91.1 million to £159.4 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2020-21
Programme:  A19 Testo's and Downhill Lane junction improvements

Progress report

In June, there will be closures of the A19 between A1231 Hylton Grange and Testo's roundabout. These are needed to install traffic management and narrow lanes. For information on these closures, and others throughout this major road scheme, see the planned roadworks tab below.

We are also currently widening the central reserve between the A1231 and Testo’s roundabout. This will allow us to manage traffic better during later phases. We will then start the construction of the slip roads, which can be used by traffic during the construction of the flyover.

What's next?

Preparations are also underway for the demolition of the overbridge/bridleway to the north of Testos roundabout. This demolition will require a full weekend closure of the roundabout, full details will be made available in the planned roadworks tab below nearer the time.

Timeline

Date Event
May 2018 Examination period complete
July 2018 Draft Development Consent Order submitted
September 2018 Secretary of State for Transport approval
12 September 2018 Secretary of State decision
25 October 2018 High Court Challenge period ended
March 2019 Start of works

Why we need this scheme

Testo's junction suffers severe congestion at peak times, with delays of up to four minutes per vehicle. Traffic flows through the junction are forecast to be approximately 83,400 vehicles every day by 2033 (based on 2014 estimates). The proposed Testo's improvements aim to improve journey time (savings of around four minutes by 2036) and increase capacity.

The proposals also aim to improve safety for both road users and non-motorised users.

The scheme in detail

Our preferred route raises the A19 carriageway above ground level to carry it above the existing roundabout. This involves constructing a structure to carry A19 traffic over the existing roundabout.

Access to the junction to and from the raised A19 carriageway will be via new slip roads and access to the Downhill Lane junction will be provided via two parallel distributor roads that link to the south facing slip roads.

The existing bridleway bridge to the north of Testo's junction will be removed and new routes through the junction will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Two balancing ponds will be created, one at the south-east end of the scheme and one to the north-west.

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

Development Consent Order (DCO)

The DCO process was established by the Planning Act 2008 and is used for certain large and complex schemes (including highway improvements) that have been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the Government.

The benefits of the DCO process include extensive pre-application consultation, detailed analysis, including a full Environmental Impact Assessment, and examination by an independent inspector before the final decision is made.

Development Consent Order – requirements register

We made a commitment to publish and update a register listing the requirements to be completed as part of the Development Consent Order (specified under the Register of Requirements in Schedule 2). This sets out:

  • each requirement
  • whether the requirement needs approval by the Secretary of State (or other duty holder)
  • whether any approval has been applied for or given

The requirements register can be viewed in the 'Consultation' section of the 'Media and documents' area below.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:45 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A1058 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:15 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A193 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:12 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:03 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 3:02 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 8 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 3:02 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:53 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:53 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:53 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A189 and the junction with the A186 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A191 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A694 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 06:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 July 2019 to 06:00 on 1 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 2 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1M . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:30 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 02:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 02:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 02:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 9 June 2019 to 06:00 on 2 August 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A194M . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 02:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 02:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:30 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2019 to 02:00 on 26 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 27 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 July 2019 to 11 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 05:30 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 7 August 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A167 Washington Birtley . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 02:00 on 25 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm

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