Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How to Ease the Flow of Traffic on the A19

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How to Ease the Flow of Traffic on the A19

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Byline: ALEX METCALFE Local democracy reporter alex.metcalfe@reachplc.com @Mecs_LDR

MORE than 500 views have been gathered over what should be done to ease traffic woes on the A19 flyover.

Engineers and experts at the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) have put forward two viaduct options to ease rush hour blues on the Tees Crossing.

One is to build a new four-lane viaduct next to the existing flyover for about PS300m.

The other, which is forecast to be cheaper and more likely to get government backing, is the "pinchpoint removal scheme" - hoping to put up a two-lane bridge to carry northbound traffic and widen the A19 flyover with an extra southbound lane. Shoppers in Stockton, Redcar and Hartlepool have been asked for their thoughts on both blueprints.

And the consultation roadshow went to Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, on Thursday.

Mark Spencelayh drives to Leeds three days a week from Hartlepool via the A19.

He said his run-up to the crossing could take up as long as 40 minutes.

"And that's just at 7am - it starts to slow on the A689," added Mr Spencelayh.

"Once you get over the flyover it's much, much quicker but getting there takes a long time - something needs to be done."

Mr Spencelayh believed the pinchpoint scheme "made good sense" given it was cheaper.

He said: "I've spent most of my life driving up to Newcastle and the works up there have made a big difference.

"But we've seen very little development in the other direction and on the way to Middlesbrough so hopefully we see money coming here than going up to Newcastle."

The pinchpoint scheme has been estimated to cost between PS200m and PS250m and officers believe it won't take as long to build as a new bridge.

But both crossing plans include work to alleviate rush hour crawls on Portrack Lane, in Stockton, with a relief road to Newport Bridge. …

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