Downhill Lane junction improvement

To improve the Downhill Lane junction in conjunction with the Testos junction as a programme of works.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  ÂŁ150 million (including Testos)
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A19 Testos and Downhill Lane junction improvements

Progress report

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.

What's next?

Consultation on the revised scheme design

We are holding an additional 28 day consultation to inform affected parties about the design developments, and the revised location of the crossing on the A1290. Please click on the 'Documents' tab below to view the plan and changes to pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider journey time to Hylton Bridge Farm

The consultation starts on Monday 30 July 2018 and will end on Monday 27 August 2018. You can respond to the consultation:

By email: A19DownHillLane@highwaysengland.co.uk

By post:

A19 Downhill Lane Project Team c/o Tom Place
Highways England
3 South
Lateral
8 City Walk
Leeds
LS11 9AT

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 27 August 2018.

Next steps

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 summer/autumn 2018. Assuming this is granted by the Secretary of State for Transport, we plan to start work on site in 2019/2020.

Timeline

Date Event
Summer / Autumn 2018 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 Councils’ 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 £295 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.

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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Planned roadworks

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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 A182 Easington and the junction with the A182 Murton. 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, 5:03 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 northbound between the A182 Easington and the junction with the A182 Murton. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 13 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018.
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 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 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 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 A1M southbound between junctions J62 and J61 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 August 2018 to 05:30 on 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The A1M southbound at junction J62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 August 2018 to 05:30 on 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:10 pm
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 . 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
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

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