Consultation launched over £62m changes to A19

Traffic at a standstill on the A19 towards Testos Roundabout.
Traffic at a standstill on the A19 towards Testos Roundabout.
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TRANSPORT chiefs have launched a seven-week consultation over road improvements on the A19.

The Highways Agency is proposing a £62 million improvement scheme at the Testo’s junction.

A consultation begins on Monday and continues until Friday, November 28, and includes two events at the Quality Inn, Boldon on Friday, November 7, from noon to 8pm amd on Saturday, November 8, from 10am to 4pm.

Exhibition materials showing the planned improvement – which involves raising the A19 carriageway over the roundabout, plus building two connector roads between Testos junction and the next junction to the south Downhill Lane – will be on display.

Highways Agency staff in charge of delivering the scheme will also be on hand to answer any queries which visitors may have.

Following these exhibitions, the displays will move to the Nissan plant in Sunderland and will be displayed there for two weeks.

Highways Agency project manager Adam Clelland said: “We are confident that the preferred route, announced by the Secretary of State for Transport in June, is the best suited to proceed.

“This consultation is another opportunity for those most directly affected to ask any questions they have, view the plans and offer their support.”

The consultation will 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 pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian access, drainage requirements, and reducing the impact on the environment.

The Planning Inspectorate will then consider all comments before coming to a final decision.

It is hoped that work could start by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.