Work is underway to upgrade the A19 carriageway from Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel.
The A19 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel project is part of the Tranche 1A Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) programme. This scheme will see a number of improvements made along the route in order to provide a greater transport capacity for motorists and improve the safety of road users and local residents.
The project will include improvements for the A19/A168 Trunk Road between Dishforth and the Tyne Tunnel, the A174 between Parkway and Wilton, the A1053 and a small section of the A66 between the A19 and Teesside.
The A19 between Norton and Parkway will be widened in order to include the introduction of dual three and four-lane carriageways, with work taking place over a 7km stretch. The project will reduce congestion and accidents along the busy route and will see the construction of eighteen major structures. In addition, the widening project aims to reduce noise and air pollution in the surrounding area.
Improvements to the A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction will see work undertaken on the A1058, 1.5 miles north of the Tyne Tunnel Crossing, where the junction crosses the A19.
In 2006 this scheme was viewed by the North East Regional Transport Board as a vital stage of overall improvement works to the A19. Approximately 69,000 vehicles pass through the junction each day, a number that is predicted to rise to 85,500 by 2031.
The A19/A168 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel trunk road links Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside to the A1(M) and is approximately 73.32 miles in length. The route is an important link for a high volume of traffic and connects the rural areas of North Yorkshire with the industrial sectors of eastern County Durham and the Teesside conurbation.
Autolink Concessionaries Ltd will operate and maintain the A19 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel project as part of the 30-year ongoing maintenance contract awarded to the company in 1996. The company is a consortium comprised of three companies: Sir Robert McAlpine, Taylor Woodrow and Amey.
The ongoing contract involves undertaking routine maintenance and delegating additional responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Act. The contract was first awarded to Autolink Concessionaries in 1996 and it is believed that it will be worth around £330 million over the 30-year period.
The initial construction of capital works, including the Norton to Parkway improvement scheme, is valued at £29.4 million.