Work is to begin on to improve access to the city of Sunderland.
When Nick Clegg announced Sunderland had won City Deal status, it meant a multimillion pound boost to the city, and improvements to the access routes could begin.
The improvements will assist in:
Reducing traffic congestion and improving journey times on key routes.
Opening up access to key employment sites within the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and the Nissan plant.
Improvements to Sunderland’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
There has been money granted from the government as well as 5 million pound from the Regional Growth Fund and over 4 million from the Local Pinch Point Fund, as well as contributions from Sunderland City Council.
SR News to deputy council leader Harry Truman on why these improvements are important for the city.
Below is a list of the changes to the A19 and the access.
A19/A690: Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road
A19/A183: Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road –
A19/A1231: The Highways Agency is planning works to the A19/A1231 junctions.
This comprises of updated traffic signalling and widening the eastbound A1231 approach to the A19 to three lanes.
A19/A1290: Conversion of existing A19 junction with the A1290 to traffic-signal control to improve the main north-south access route to Nissan, and reduce existing queues of traffic on the A19
A1290/Nissan Access: Updated traffic signalling at the A1290 junction with Washington Road, improving staff and visitor access to Nissan car manufacturing plant
A1290/Cherry Blossom Way: Conversion of existing A1290 junction with Cherry Blossom Way to traffic signal control, improving the ease and safe use of access to and from the Nissan distribution depots and other local supply chains – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.
Cycleways: Works improving the cycling network and connectivity between Nissan and the residential areas at Washington, Pattinson and North Sunderland.
This includes off-carriageway cycleways alongside the A1290, linking to Sulgrave Road roundabout and Albany Park, and Pattinson Road.