£100m Testo’s A19 improvement moves a step closer

TESTO'S ROUNDABOUT ... set for a �100m improvement.
TESTO'S ROUNDABOUT ... set for a �100m improvement.

A NEW multi-million pound project to speed up traffic on the A19 has been announced by the Government.

The A19/A184 Testo’s junction improvement scheme involves raising the A19 carriageway and carrying it over the existing roundabout, slightly to the west, via two bridges.

Two new connector roads will be needed between Testo’s junction and the next junction to the south, Downhill Lane.

Subject to approval, construction work on the scheme could start by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “The A19 corridor is of vital importance to the North East and is part of the government’s £24bn investment in our road network over this parliament and the next.

“Once completed, the new junction will improve both safety and journey times in the area, contributing towards this country’s long-term economic plan.”

Highways Agency project manager Adam Clelland said: “We are delighted that the minister has confirmed the preferred route for this scheme taking it one step closer to starting work.

“We offered three options to the public, and we are confident that the preferred option is the most suited to proceed, resulting in improved journeys for road users.”

Today’s announcement will allow the land in the vicinity of the scheme to be protected from other development.

Further public consultation will take place to help design the preferred route in more detail and identify the land that will need to be acquired to construct the scheme.

This will look at drainage requirements, pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian access, and how to reduce the impact on the environment.

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