Work has started to add an additional lane to the A19 northbound, between the A19/A194 Lindisfarne Roundabout and the Jarrow A19/A185 junction to the south of the Tyne Tunnel.
The work is being managed by South Tyneside Council, and carried out by the Council's highway construction framework partner, GallifordTry.
The purpose of the additional lane is to:
- Help reduce journey time on the A19 northbound and the local network - The extra lane will mean vehicles which wish to leave the A19 via the Jarrow turn off, won't need to stay in any queue of vehicles waiting to travel north through the tunnel. These vehicles, as well as any travelling from Lindisfarne Roundabout, will be able to stay in the new dedicated lane.
- Reduce congestion - The removal of non-tunnel traffic from the A19 northbound approach to the Tyne Tunnel, will help reduce queue lengths and journey times for both the A19 traffic and for vehicles on the local road system.
- Improve air quality through the improved traffic flows
This information relates to the A19 northbound, between the A19/A194 Lindisfarne Roundabout and the Jarrow A19/A185 junction to the south of the Tyne Tunnel.
Week beginning 6 May 2019 - Road works begin. There will be overnight lane restrictions for up to three weeks, from 8pm to 6am on weekdays.
From Monday 3 June - There will be some closures of the inside lane overnight, from 8pm to 6am. The outside lane will stay open.
Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 June 2019 - The road will be closed overnight, from 8pm to 6am. There will be a fully signed diversion route on these days.
Wednesday 9 October to Tuesday 29 October 2019 - Overnight closures from 8pm to 6am on weekdays. There will be a fully signed diversion route.
Mid November 2019 - Scheduled completion of work.