Planned roadworks to go ahead at A19/A1231 junction

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MAJOR road improvement works for Sunderland have been welcomed.

The Highways Agency has a major programme of road improvements planned for the North East region, including improving the A19/A1231 junction in Sunderland.

Highways Agency regional director Vanessa Gilbert said: “This is good news for road users across the region.

“We are carrying out a large programme of work, as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to invest in the economy and support growth. These road improvements will deliver benefits to drivers in the long term by tackling congestion, making journey times more reliable and improving safety.”

Highways Agency Major Projects north divisional director Jeremy Bloom added: “We will also begin work to upgrade the A1 between Coal House and the Metro Centre this summer.

“This newly extended scheme aims to improve journey time reliability, increase capacity, reduce the number and severity of accidents, and support local regeneration.

“The A1 upgrade between Leeming and Barton, just south of the region, has now begun. Once completed, the existing 12-mile dual carriageway will be replaced with a new three-lane motorway.”