A19 Testos junction improvement

To improve the Testos junction in conjunction with Downhill Lane junction as a programme of works.

Region:  North East
Start date:  March 2019
Cost:  ¬£124.45 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Summer 2021
Programme:  A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junction improvements

Progress report

The Secretary of State approved to discharge the Development Consent Order requirements on the 22 November 2018. You read the full requirements list in the documents section of this page.

The scheme is preparing for construction to start in late March, with vegetation clearance having already been completed around the Testo's roundabout prior to the bird nesting season.

What's next?

Work will begin on building a permanent site compound area at the end of March 2019.

Start of work signs will be installed for motorists, residents and businesses in mid-March.

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

The Testos 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 Testos 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 construction of a structure to carry A19 traffic over the existing roundabout.

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

The existing bridleway bridge to the north of Testos junction would be removed and new routes through the junction would be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Two balancing ponds would 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 ‚Äď 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

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Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 March 2019 to 05:00 on 26 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:02 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 8 March 2019 to 05:00 on 26 March 2019.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:02 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 22:00 on 25 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:02 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A186 and the A1058 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 22 March 2019 to 14:00 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 April 2019 to 05:30 on 17 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:03 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 April 2019 to 05:30 on 17 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:03 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 06:00 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:54 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J64 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 06:00 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:54 am
Location : The A1M northbound entry slip at junction J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 06:00 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:54 am
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1M . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 05:30 on 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:42 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 05:30 on 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:42 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 12:00 on 22 March 2019 to 16:30 on 22 March 2019.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:32 am
Location : The A194M southbound between the A195 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 21 March 2019.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:00 am
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 21 March 2019.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:00 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A186 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 southbound at the junction with the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A193 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 29 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A197 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A19 and the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:31 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A191 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:30 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:30 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A191 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:30 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:30 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1231 and the A183 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 March 2019 to 04:00 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A694 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 20 March 2019 to 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:57 am
Location : The A1M northbound exit slip at junction J64 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 20 March 2019 to 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:42 am
Location : The A1M northbound entry slip at junction J64 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 20 March 2019 to 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:41 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 20 March 2019 to 06:00 on 29 March 2019.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 8:01 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 20 March 2019 to 06:00 on 29 March 2019.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 8:01 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 05:30 on 23 March 2019.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 10:42 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 05:30 on 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 10:42 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 05:30 on 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 10:42 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 06:00 on 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 10:03 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 March 2019 to 06:00 on 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 10:03 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 March 2019 to 05:30 on 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 March 2019 to 05:30 on 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 March 2019 to 05:30 on 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The A194M northbound at the junction with the A1M . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1 northbound at the junction with the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A69 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A69 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 March 2019 to 06:00 on 27 March 2019.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A191 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A1018 and the A182 Murton. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 March 2019 to 30 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 April 2019 to 6 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 April 2019 to 13 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 April 2019 to 20 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 18 March 2019 to 16:30 on 23 March 2019.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 March 2019 to 27 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am

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