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

Drivers can now use two new lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides of the roundabout, creating the room needed for work on building the flyover to go ahead. Southbound traffic is due to switch onto new lanes shortly.

We’ve also completed the new link road from Downhill Lane to Testo’s roundabout and started the foundations for the flyover with more than 130 concrete piles.

What's next?

During the summer months we will be building the flyover to carry the A19 over the roundabout. To do this we have three separate stages – putting in the piers (central supports), building supporting walls to retain earth and support the beams, and then finally installing the beams themselves. By the end of the summer the flyover will be in position and ready for the road to be built on it.

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

News

We have a programme of weekend closures planned for the rest of 2020. These closures will be signposted through electronic signs, media releases and use of our Twitter channel @HighwaysNEAST. We will use these closures to excavate the old carriageway and rebuild the road to the finished levels, as we prepare for these traffic changes.

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.

Project media files and documents

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A694 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:48 on 11 May 2020 to 06:00 on 27 June 2020.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 4:23 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Name : A1 southbound access at a minor junction between A1056 and A696/A167 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:26 on 6 May 2020 to 06:00 on 6 August 2020.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 4:02 pm
Location : The A19 northbound entry slip from the A191 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:30 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 westbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 westbound between the A1 and the junction with the A6085 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A1 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 30 May 2020 to 07:00 on 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1018 and the A690 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 May 2020 to 06:00 on 27 May 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 May 2020 to 05:30 on 27 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 11:32 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 10 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 June 2020 to 4 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:43 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A194M . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 May 2020 to 06:00 on 24 July 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:43 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A194 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 29 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 5:04 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with 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 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 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 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 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 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 28 May 2020 to 23:59 on 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between junction J1 and the A1M . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 28 May 2020 to 23:59 on 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 6:12 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:27 on 6 May 2020 to 06:00 on 13 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 3:33 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 19 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:37 pm
Location : The A184 westbound between the A19 and the junction with the A194M . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 June 2020 to 06:00 on 3 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 May 2020 to 06:00 on 6 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:25 on 13 May 2020 to 06:00 on 5 September 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A690 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A690 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:01 on 24 November 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1231 and 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 27 May 2020 to 29 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1231 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 May 2020 to 29 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1290 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 June 2020 to 06:00 on 3 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:23 on 13 May 2020 to 06:00 on 5 September 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm

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