Costain has been appointed to deliver major road improvements on the A19 for Highways England as part of their Regional Investment Programme (RIP)
Costain has been working with Highways England and local stakeholders to develop the design and delivery strategy for the £125m A19 road improvements scheme.
The road improvements at Testo’s roundabout will improve severe congestion and reduce drivers’ journey times. The roundabout is a major junction linking the north-south A19 corridor with the strategic eastern route around the busy Tyneside conurbation.
Following development consent for the project, construction work is expected to commence imminently.
In partnership with Highways England, Costain is also developing a scheme to improve the adjacent junction at Downhill Lane. Construction there will be integrated into the Testo’s improvements.
The A19 appointment follows Costain’s six-year RIP framework contract award by Highways England as Delivery Integration Partner in the North Region and in the East Region, announced in November 2018.
Andrew Wyllie CBE, chief executive of Costain said: “I am delighted that we are at the forefront of helping Highways England deliver its ambitious Regional Investment Programme, which will significantly enhance network capacity, improving the lives of local people and supporting broad-based economic growth.”