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:  December 2018
Cost:  ¬£130 million (including Downhill Lane)
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2021
Programme:  A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junction improvements

Progress report

The Development Consent Order for this scheme was made on 12 September 2018 and came into force on 25 October 2018.

What's next?

We'll seek approval from the Secretary of State to discharge the Development Consent Order requirements and this will be updated as required.

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
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

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 A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:30 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:30 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:30 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A193 and the junction with the A1058 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 29 March 2019.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:26 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A193 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 29 March 2019.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:26 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
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 12 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2019 to 12 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 19 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:22 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 06:00 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 06:00 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:41 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 15 December 2018.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:51 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the junctions with the A1018 and the A690 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 04:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:31 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J63 and J65 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The A1M northbound at junction J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 05:30 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:11 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 12:01 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 December 2018 to 06:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound entry slip from the A195 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 19 December 2018.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 December 2018 to 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:30 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A184 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 December 2018 to 06:00 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 3:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 3:30 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 roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 05:30 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 2:50 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J64 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:20 on 27 November 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 05:30 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J63 and J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 05:30 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 December 2018 to 05:30 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am

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