Following our preferred route announcement in June 2017 for Downhill Lane, we held our statutory consultation between 11 September 2017 and 22 October 2017 to allow the community to comment on the detail of the design.
After feedback from the consolation, we have been developing the scheme design and completing our detailed assessment of the proposals. We have also revised the location of the crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians across the A1290. The location of the crossing is now proposed four hundred metres (400m) further south at the junction with Follingsby Lane. We are proposing the change to take into account an adjacent development which has received planning approval.
Consultation on the revised scheme design
We're holding an additional 28 day consultation to inform affected parties about the design developments, and the revision of proposed pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian routes to the north-east of Downhill Lane junction. The changes are summarised below:
- Stopping up of the cycle-track approximately 265m in length between bridleway B46 and Downhill Lane junction proposed under the A19 / A184 Testos junction alteration Development Consent Order 2018. This cycle-track is not required as part of the A19 Downhill Lane junction improvement scheme as the desire line associated with the segregated pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian route, which is to be provided as part of the A19 Downhill Lane junction improvement work, renders the provision of the new cycle-track to be provided as part of the works for the A19 / A184 Testos Junction Improvement Scheme, obsolete.
- Stopping up of the approximately 90m of re-aligned section of bridleway B46. As a result of item 1 above, the realigned section of bridleway B46 is not required as part of the A19 Downhill Lane junction improvement work. The effect of this change is that the existing B46 bridleway is unaffected (as it would be under the A19 / A184 Testos junction alteration Development Consent Order 2018).
The consultation starts on Wednesday 21 November 2018 and will end on Wednesday 19 December 2018. You can respond to the consultation via the following methods:
By email: A19DownHillLane@highwaysengland.co.uk
A19 Downhill Lane Project Team c/o Tom Place
8 City Walk
So that we can collect and assess all responses to this consultation before compiling our application, please make sure your response reaches us by 5pm on 19 December 2018.
When the design is completed in sufficient detail to understand its impacts and the land requirements are confirmed, a draft development consent order will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). A consultation report will be submitted with the application which will set out how we have complied with the Planning Act 2008 requirements and taken into account all the responses received to our consultation.
This application will also include full details of the scheme including its environmental impacts in an Environmental Statement. PINS has 28 days to accept the application during which it will confirm all statutory processes have been properly followed leading to the application. Once accepted, PINS has six months to examine the application and three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. During this examination they will examine the proposals in detail and as part of this they will accept representations from supporters or objectors to the proposals. Some of this examination may be in public at PINS discretion.
PINS will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport who then has three months to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation. If a recommendation to grant the development consent order is accepted by the Secretary of State for Transport the orders will be made and notices issued to all affected people.
We will formally submit our development consent order to PINS in 2018. Assuming this is granted by the Secretary of State for Transport, we plan to start work on site in 2020.
|21 November 2016 to 6 January 2017||Non-statutory consultation|
|11 September 2017 to 22 October 2017||Statutory consultation|
|2019||Draft Development Consent Order (DCO) submission|
Why we need this scheme
The Downhill Lane junction improvement aims to provide enhanced capacity on the junction between the A19 and the A1290 in Sunderland, supporting the plans for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP). The IAMP development is a joint venture between Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils. It will be located across the Councilsâ€™ boundaries north of the Nissan car plant, alongside the A19 to the west of Downhill Lane junction. The two local authorities have a shared ambition to develop a high quality strategic employment site for advanced manufacturing that will attract national and international business investment and facilitate job creation. The IAMP is predicted to create up to 7850 new jobs and attract ÂŁ295 million investment by 2026/27. The junction at Downhill Lane will provide access to the strategic road network from the IAMP.
The scheme in detail
The preferred route for Downhill Lane is the construction of a new bridge to the south of the existing (A1290) bridge across the A19. Together with the existing bridge this would form a more traditional roundabout junction layout above the A19. The existing north-bound and south-bound A19 slip roads would be realigned to tie in with the new elevated roundabout. To the north of the junction, these would serve as link roads between Downhill Lane junction and the proposed new Testos junction roundabout. The slip roads south of the junction would provide direct access to and from the A19.
The scheme would provide improved connectivity with the local road network. Facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders would be enhanced by providing a separate non-motorised user bridge over the A19 and Washington Road.
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
Project media files and documents
Preferred Route Announcement 2016/2017
Consultation Report April â€“ 2017
Public Exhibition Panels December â€“ 2016
Section 47 Notice
Section 48 Notice
Statement of Community Consultation
Statement of Community Consultation - Distribution Map
Preliminary Environmental Information Report
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