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

On the A19, our night time working is allowing us to install narrow lanes between the A1231 and Testo’s roundabout. We have also created a hard surfaced area in the central reserve that can then be used for traffic during our road works. We are also using these night time periods to create access points on to the A19, which will allow us to get large machinery safely into the work area.

On the eastbound A184, we are continuing to undertake survey and groundworks to allow us to temporarily widen the road. The work that we are doing will allow us to create a safe working area for building a new cycleway and footway on the north side (next to Enterprise). We will soon start installing new drainage in this area to allow for the new areas of carriageway.

We have also closed off some approach lanes and the inside lane of Testo’s roundabout to ensure traffic safely filters around the junction and so we can start earthworks on the island. Once we have completed the earthworks, we will then be able to start the piling to support the new bridge.

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 then be to move traffic and undertake the structural works for the flyover in 2020.

The next major milestone in achieving this will be the demolition of the existing bridleway overbridge crossing the A19 to the north of Testo’s. We will need a full closure of the A19 to do this, and this is planned for the weekend of 19/20 July. We will use a diversion via the A184 to White Mare Pool Roundabout and the A195 so that we can complete the work.

We also have a weekend closure planned between the A1231 Hylton Grange and Testo’s for building a new culvert underneath the A19. The culvert will ensure that there is suitable drainage in place for the A19 around the River Don.

In late July, we will start road surfacing works on the A19 and at the points where we join the existing carriageway with the new connector roads. Our surfacing works may also require further weekend closures.

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

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 A19 northbound between the A1231 and the junction with the A184 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:03 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 8:04 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A696 and the A1056 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:59 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:46 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 02:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:24 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A696 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A696 southbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:14 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A189 and the junction with the A186 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:13 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A191 and the junction with the A189 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:13 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A167 Washington Birtley and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 02:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:12 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:12 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:11 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A696 and the junction with the A1056 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:11 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 7:11 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A694 and the junction with the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 July 2019.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 5:47 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A184 and the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 July 2019 to 02:00 on 2 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A69 and the junction with the A696 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2019 to 5 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 July 2019 to 06:00 on 6 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 9 June 2019 to 06:00 on 2 August 2019.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 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 roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 July 2019 to 02:00 on 2 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 July 2019 to 02:00 on 3 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A19 and the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 June 2019 to 1 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A694 and the A184 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 July 2019 to 02:00 on 3 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A197 . 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 June 2019 to 1 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 July 2019 to 02:00 on 3 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A694 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 2 July 2019 to 02:00 on 3 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A184 eastbound between the junctions with the A194M and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 2 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A692 and the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 June 2019 to 02:00 on 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A1056 and the junction with the A1058 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 June 2019 to 06:00 on 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A692 and the junction with the A167 Washington Birtley. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 June 2019 to 02:00 on 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A19 southbound between the A184 and the junction with the A1290 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A69 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2019 to 5 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 July 2019 to 06:00 on 6 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A692 and the junction with the A694 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 July 2019 to 02:00 on 2 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 southbound at the junction with the A692 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 July 2019 to 02:00 on 3 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A19 northbound between the A1058 and the junction with the A1056 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 June 2019 to 06:00 on 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2019 to 5 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 July 2019 to 06:00 on 6 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A696 northbound between the A1 and the junction with the B6918 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:07 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 7 August 2019.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A1056 and the A19 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 June 2019 to 1 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:07 pm

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