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Grayling approves Testo’s junction DCO

Words: Laura Edgar
Grayling approves Testo's junction upgrade / iStock-465522000

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved a Development Consent Order (DCO) for alterations to be made to Testo’s junction in Sunderland.

The DCO means applicant Highways England can replace the existing at-grade roundabout between the A184 and the A19 with a grade separation junction.

The A19 carriageway will be raised above ground on embankments and bridge structures so it goes over the existing roundabout. This new section of A19 will be a bit to the left of its current route to accommodate the widening of the roundabout.

Access to and from the A19 north of Testo’s Junction to Downhill Lane junction would be via Testo’s roundabout and new parallel link roads connecting the two junctions.

The plan was submitted in July 2017, and a recommendation for approval was made to the transport secretary in June this year, following consultation with the public, statutory consultees and other interested parties.

In his decision letter, Grayling accepted that while there will be negative traffic and transport effects during construction, the mechanisms put forward by Highways England to minimise them (through its Construction Traffic Management Plan) are “sufficient” to address such concerns.

Grayling also found that in relation to air quality the development would comply with the national policy statement for national networks (NPSNN), and fugitive dust emissions would be mitigated to an “acceptable level”.

Mitigation measures for landscape, visual, noise and vibration impacts were all satisfactorily addressed by the applicant, said Grayling.

Documents associated with the project and Grayling's decision letter can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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