TRAVELLING on the A19 could be much easier in a few years – if this design image becomes a reality.
It shows for the first time how the Testo’s roundabout in West Boldon could be transformed by a £62million investment.
The borough road junction is seen as being of great strategic importance.
But it is often congested, especially during rush hour periods.
And an expected growth in traffic means that the roundabout will almost certainly become a traffic bottleneck.
The Highways Agency plans to improve the A19 by constructing a flyover to take it over the Testo’s junction, with entry and exit slip roads connecting the A19 to the new roundabout.
If approved, work on the transport scheme could start in 2016, freeing up the A19 corridor, and following in the congestion-busting success of the £260m second Tyne Tunnel scheme.
Consultation with local residents, businesses and road users over the plans has been ongoing for several weeks.
And that culminated in a display of the design plans at the Quality Inn in Boldon yesterday and today, until 4pm.
Exhibition materials showing the planned improvement were on hand and Highways Agency staff in charge of delivering the scheme answered queries.
Following these exhibitions the displays will move to the Nissan plant in Sunderland, and will be displayed there for two weeks, allowing its many thousands of employees another opportunity to view and comment on the plans.
Some 30,000 households will also receive questionnaires seeking their views.
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.”
At the end of the consultation the Planning Inspectorate will then consider all comments before coming to a final decision.
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.