WORK to make Sunderland a more accessible business city is set to begin thanks to a £9million deal.
Earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg visited Nissan to reveal how Wearside had won City Deal status, bringing a multimillion pound boost to the area.
Now work is set to begin to ensure traffic entering and exiting the A19 corridor is as efficient as possible.
The improvements will assist in:
•Reducing traffic congestion and improving journey times on key routes.
•Opening up access to key employment sites within the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and the Nissan plant.
•Improvements to Sunderland’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
Funding has been made available from Central Government with £5millon from the Regional Growth Fund, £4.17m from the Local Pinch Point Fund, plus contributions from Sunderland City Council (£500,000).
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This funding is providing valuable support as we prepare the ground for delivering our City Deal.
“It is helping us to put in place the infrastructure and developments as we expand our manufacturing base.
“This is as well as supporting and benefiting the current Enterprise Zone and other employers.
“The City Council recognises it, our neighbours in South Tyneside recognise it, and the Government recognises that we are attracting business and new investment to the region.
“If we are to continue attracting this investment and creating jobs, then we must continually improve our transport infrastructure.
“We are looking at the long term, seeing the bigger picture and investing in the North East.
“All the works are in line with plans set out in the City Deal and the City Council’s Economic Masterplan, to see Sunderland and the wider region grow.
“Improving our infrastructure will allow more growth in the future.
“The works are tackling traffic pinch-points, improving both access and exits for vehicles crossing the city, and also providing safe routes for cyclists.”
Changes to A19 and access routes
•A19/A690: Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.
•A19/A183: Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.
•A19/A1231: The Highways Agency is planning works to the A19/A1231 junctions.
This comprises of updated traffic signalling and widening the eastbound A1231 approach to the A19 to three lanes.
• A19/A1290: Conversion of existing A19 junction with the A1290 to traffic-signal control to improve the main north-south access route to Nissan, and reduce existing queues of traffic on the A19 – works carried out by South Tyneside Council.
•A1290/Nissan Access: Updated traffic signalling at the A1290 junction with Washington Road, improving staff and visitor access to Nissan car manufacturing plant – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.
•A1290/Cherry Blossom Way: Conversion of existing A1290 junction with Cherry Blossom Way to traffic signal control, improving the ease and safe use of access to and from the Nissan distribution depots and other local supply chains – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.
•Cycleways: Works improving the cycling network and connectivity between Nissan and the residential areas at Washington, Pattinson and North Sunderland.
This includes off-carriageway cycleways alongside the A1290, linking to Sulgrave Road roundabout and Albany Park, and Pattinson Road – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.