A19 Testos junction improvementRecently updated

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

Region:  North East
Start date:  January 2019
Cost:  ¬£150 million (Including Downhill Lane)
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2021
Programme:  A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junction improvements

Progress report

Our Development Consent Order submission, which was accepted in August 2017, is now being examined by the Planning Inspectorate examiner.

Our Preliminary Meeting and Issues Specific hearing were held at the Quality Inn, in Boldon on 30 and 31 October. Following these meetings we received Rule 8 on 22 November 2017 which outlines the procedural decision following the Preliminary Meeting. The Rule 8 letter and all DCO documentation can be found on the scheme page on the National Infrastructure Planning website. There is also an option to sign up for updates on the project.

What next?

Non-statutory consultation on the updated application documents began on Thursday 30 November 2017 and ends on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

There are a number of activities that will be happening between 16 and 19 January 2018 and include an Open Floor Hearing, Compulsory Acquisition Hearing and two Issue Specific Hearings.

The Rule 8 letter provides a revised Examination timetable for all hearings and deadlines.

Timeline

Date Event
May 2018 Examination Period Complete
July 2018 Draft Development Consent Order submitted
November 2018 Secretary of State for Transport approval
January 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.

Despite Testos and Downhill Lane having separate start of work dates, January 2019 for Testos and September 2019 for Downhill Lane, both would be constructed in parallel by the same team resulting in an open for traffic date of March 2021 for both junctions.

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

Project media files and documents

There are no images for this project
There are no videos for this project

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 A19 northbound entry slip from the A182 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 2 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A194M . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A182 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A167 Washington Birtley . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A185 and the junction with the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A167 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 northbound entry slip from the A182 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 2 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2018 to 05:30 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A191 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A167 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2018 to 04:00 on 30 May 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 July 2018 to 04:00 on 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 May 2018 to 05:30 on 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

Announcements

Breaking News: Traffic Information

Breaking News

The latest current breaking news items for England's motorway network

The M11 in Essex is experiencing long delays southbound between J10 and J8
Posted: January 1, 1970, 12:00 am
Long delays on the M5 southbound due to bank holiday getaway traffic
Posted: January 1, 1970, 12:00 am

Regional Twitter feed

Keep up-to-date

Sign up for updates
Please leave feedback