A19 junction upgrade given the green light
Today, Thursday, July 16, the application for the A19 Downhill Junction Scheme has been given development consent by the Secretary of State for Transport.
This will increase the capacity of the junction between the A19 and A1290 Downhill Lane in Sunderland and Boldon, supporting plans for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) to the north of the Nissan plant.
It will involve the construction of a new bridge to the south of the existing (A1290) bridge across the A19.
Together with the existing bridge, this will form a more traditional roundabout layout above the A19.
New slip roads will connect the A19 to the south and to the north, link roads will tie into the A19/A184 Testo’s Junction, where work is already underway to create a flyover over the existing roundabout to allow A19 traffic to travel without the need to stop.
The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration by Highways England on the in January last year and accepted for examination the next month.
Following a time where the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State in April 2020.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Sarah Richards said: “This is the 91st nationally significant infrastructure project to have been examined and decided within the timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.
“The Planning Inspectorate is committed to giving local communities the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them.
“Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in a six-month long examination.
“The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to local views before making their recommendation.”
The decision, the recommendation made by the Examining Authority to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its recommendation is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website by clicking here.