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

Over the summer we've successfully demolished the overbridge, laid some new drainage and worked on the culvert under the current A19.

We've continued with earthworks, ultimately removing 430,000m3 of soil by the end of the scheme.

CCTV and average speed cameras are now up and running, improving safety for both road users and our workforce.

Diversion routes

A19 Southbound – Testo’s to Hylton Grange

A19 Northbound – Hylton Grange / Downhill Lane to Testo’s

A19 Southbound – Testo’s to Lindisfarne Roundabout

A19 Northbound – Testo’s to Lindisfarne Roundabout

What's next?

Our main focus for this year is to build the connector roads and slip roads between Downhill Lane and Testo’s roundabout. Once we have these in place, our focus will be to move traffic and undertake the structural works for the flyover in 2020.

In the autumn we will begin the foundation work needed to build the new flyover to carry the A19.

Towards the end of the year we'll move traffic onto the slip roads and the new road connecting to Downhill Lane.

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

The A19 will be closed between Testo’s and Boldon / Fellgate to northbound traffic from the evening of Friday 9 August to early morning Monday 12 August. We will be surfacing, replacing barriers and carrying out white lining works to move us from the old northbound carriageway to the centre reserve between Hylton and Testo’s. Access around Testo’s roundabout will stay open for all other traffic.

The A19 will also be closed over the weekend of 16 August to 19 August, when we will be reconstructing the northbound carriageway to bring the A19 to new permanent levels between Hylton and Testo’s, We will also be carrying out excavations and further surfacing works before replacing the safety barrier and reinstalling white lines.

Dates and times are subject to change - please check the Roadworks tab below for more information.

Following these closures temporary lane restrictions will be in place on the northbound entry slip road and southbound exit slip roads at Downhill Lane.

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

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Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A195 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound at the junction with the A1M . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A181 and the junction with the A182 Murton. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 12 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A191 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 September 2019 to 06:00 on 26 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A191 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 September 2019 to 06:00 on 26 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A696 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 September 2019 to 06:00 on 26 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A167 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 October 2019 to 06:00 on 28 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . 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 23 September 2019 to 25 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 25 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound entry slip from the A186 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A167 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 September 2019 to 06:00 on 26 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A183 and the A1231 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the junctions with the A194 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A191 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 September 2019 to 06:00 on 26 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J64 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1290 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 25 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J65 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 September 2019 to 06:00 on 24 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J63 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 September 2019 to 15:00 on 25 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A191 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound at the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J63 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A191 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 September 2019 to 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 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 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 September 2019 to 16:30 on 23 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound entry slip from the A191 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 September 2019 to 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound entry slip at junction J63 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1231 and the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 September 2019 to 16:30 on 23 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A189 and the junction with the A186 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A1058 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A194M and the junction with the A692 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A1 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 September 2019 to 15:00 on 25 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A194M and the junction with the A692 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound entry slip from the A1056 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound exit slip to the A1056 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 September 2019 to 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:00 on 15 September 2019 to 06:00 on 25 November 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A194M northbound between the A195 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 September 2019 to 15:00 on 25 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2019 to 06:00 on 30 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 4 October 2019 to 06:00 on 7 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 October 2019 to 06:00 on 28 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A69 eastbound between the A6085 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 21 September 2019 to 04:00 on 22 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm

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