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

We're continuing with work to prepare the A19 connection roads between Downhill Lane and Testo’s roundabout for use by traffic. We expect these changes to be made to the northbound carriageway in December and to the southbound carriageway in January 2020.

The works that we have been doing have involved some substantial earthworks, ultimately removing 430,000m3 of soil by the end of the scheme and have installed some new drainage. Surface water channels have just started and there will be other finishing works, including safety barriers, road studs and white lining ahead of making this traffic switch.

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

A184 White Mare Pool to Testo’s Roundabout.

What's next?

We’re finishing work to build the connector roads and slip roads between Downhill Lane and Testo’s roundabout so that we can move traffic onto them, leaving us space to safely start construction of the flyover. Traffic on the north side of the A19 will be switched on to these new roads in early December 2019, with traffic on the south side switched over starting in the New Year, completing by the end of January 2020.

Once the traffic has been moved we can start the piling work needed to start building the supports which will take the A19 over the existing roundabout structure.

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 2019. 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 A194M northbound entry slip from the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 9:31 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 19 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 9:31 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 15:30 on 19 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 9:31 am
Location : The A1M southbound entry slip at junction J63 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 8:00 am
Location : The A1M southbound exit slip at junction J63 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 8:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:07 on 18 November 2019 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:48 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J65 and J64 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:10 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:07 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A696 and the junction with the A69 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:07 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A69 and the junction with the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:07 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 November 2019 to 06:00 on 20 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:07 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A694 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:07 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A69 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:07 am
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A184 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2019 to 5 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A184 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 November 2019 to 06:00 on 11 December 2019.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A184 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 November 2019 to 06:00 on 26 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 11 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J63 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 3:32 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J62 and J64 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 November 2019 to 06:00 on 13 December 2019.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 3:32 pm
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A690 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 25 November 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A690 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 24 November 2019 to 06:00 on 25 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A19 southbound exit slip to the A690 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 24 November 2019 to 06:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A184 eastbound between the A194M and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 15 November 2019 to 06:00 on 20 January 2020.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A184 westbound between the A19 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 November 2019 to 06:00 on 20 January 2020.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 November 2019 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A194M southbound exit slip to the A1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 15 November 2019 to 15:30 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A19 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A1056 and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A184 westbound between the A19 and the junction with the A194 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 November 2019 to 06:00 on 25 November 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 November 2019 to 06:00 on 2 December 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2019 to 06:00 on 9 December 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 January 2020 to 06:00 on 13 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A194M northbound at the junction with the A1M . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 15 November 2019 to 15:30 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The A1 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:10 am

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