Have your say on junc­tion plans


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Pe­tra Sil­fver­ski­old pe­tra.sil­fver­ski­old@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Pe­trasil­fver

Peo­ple in Sun­der­land and South Ty­ne­side have the chance to find out more about plans to im­prove ca­pac­ity, jour­ney times and safety on the A19.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion into im­prove­ments to the Down­hill Lane junc­tion fol­lows the pre­ferred route an­nounce­ment made by High­ways Eng­land in June

The pro­pos­als in­clude plans to cre­ate a round­about above the A19 by build­ing a new bridge to the south of the ex­ist­ing bridge and re­align­ing the south­ern slip roads which con­nect to the A19.

The ex­ist­ing north­ern slip roads will be­come link roads to the Testos junc­tion im­prove­ment. Two events will be held of­fer­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to find out more.

They will be held on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, from 2pm un­til 8pm at Bunny Hill Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tre in Hyl­ton Lane, and, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, from 10am un­til 3pm at the Qual­ity Ho­tel in Boldon.

High­waysEng­land­pro­ject man­ager Paul Ah­dal said: “This is an ex­cit­ing scheme and we look for­ward to peo­ple com­ing along to find out more about the pro­pos­als and give us feed­back.”

The con­sul­ta­tion started on Mon­day and will carry on un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

For­mor­e­in­for­ma­tion­visit the scheme web­site or email a19testosjunc­tion­imp@high­way­sen­g­land.co.uk

More than a thou­sand peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion launched by the Sun­der­land Echo and Shields Gazette in a bid to make the A19 safer.

Our Safe A19 cam­paign is call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to carry out an inquiry into the route and put in mea­sures to cut the num­ber of col­li­sions and de­lays. Sign the pe­ti­tion at www.change.org, search for “Safe A19”.

The pro­posed changed at Down­hill Lance junc­tion.

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