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 examination of our Development Consent Order application was closed by the Examiner at 1pm on 26 March 2018.

What's next?

The findings and conclusions arising from the examination, together with the Examiner's recommendation, will be sent to the Secretary of State for Transport by 26 June 2018. The Secretary of State for Transport will make a final decision by September 2018.

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

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A195 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 17 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound exit slip to the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 17 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound entry slip from the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 17 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 17 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A19 northbound entry slip from the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:43 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A191 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:43 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A189 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:43 am
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1171 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 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 17 August 2018 to 05:30 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 05:30 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1018 and the junction with the A1086 Easington. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:40 am
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1018 and the junction with the A1086 Easington. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:40 am
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 17 August 2018 to 05:30 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 7:00 pm
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1 and the junction with the A195 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 16 August 2018 to 16:00 on 18 August 2018.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A167 Washington Birtley and the A194M . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 August 2018 to 06:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:14 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 21 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A194M northbound between the A1M and the junction with the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 August 2018 to 04:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 21 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A194M southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 August 2018 to 04:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:13 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 13 August 2018 to 06:00 on 1 September 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 18 August 2018 to 19 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A184 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 1 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm

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