Support for a safer A19 grows with backing of council chiefs

Traffic at a standstill on the the A19.
Traffic at a standstill on the the A19.

Backing has been given to our drive to make the A19 a safer road and helps our businesses thrive.

Our campaign is calling on the Government to carry out an inquiry into the route and put in measures to cut the number of collisions and delays.

Councillor Kevin Cranney.

Councillor Kevin Cranney.

The call is being led by Easington MP Grahame Morris, who has been lobbying Parliament to take a look at the issue.

Last year 71 people sustained injuries as a result of 36 crashes between Wolviston and Boldon, with a total of 88 vehicles involved in those incidents.

Mr Morris is calling on people to tweet the Department for Transport via @transportgovuk using the hashtags #A19 #RoadSafety #InvestInTheNorth and #SafeA19 to press for a review.

More than 690 people have also signed our Change.org petition in support of the Safe A19 campaign.

As a council, we will always wholeheartedly support any move towards making our roads safer.

Councillor Kevin Cranney

Hartlepool Borough Council has already been in discussions with the Highways Agency to create a £18million bypass at Elwick Village, which could be in place by 2020 should the plans be finalised and financed.

The scheme would see a bridge built over the carriageway to replace a dangerous junction.

Councillor Kevin Cranny, the council’s deputy leader and transport lead on the Tees Valley Combined Authority, said: “As a council, we will always wholeheartedly support any move towards making our roads safer.

“We are continuing to work closely with Highways England, the organisation responsible for the maintenance and improvement of our country’s major A roads, to offer our support for essential changes that will lead to long-term solutions.

“Currently we are working to consider a bypass scheme at Elwick, which will hopefully help to alleviate high volumes of traffic and aim to reduce the number of accidents.”

Durham County Council has also supported Safe A19 in the hope a better roadway can support the region’s growth.

Councillor Carl Marshall, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “While the A19 is not our responsibility, we recognise its importance for both County Durham and the wider region as a transport link which supports many businesses and helps to attract investment, with obvious benefits for the economy.

“We support any moves to improve safety on the road and therefore welcome the Echo’s Safe A19 campaign.”

Northumbria Police has also backed the appeal to Government, while Durham and Cleveland forces have urged drivers to take care on the dual carriageway.

The petition can be signed here.