£6m for A19/A689 junction upgrade

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A £6m upgrade has been revealed today for one of the busiest roads in the Hartlepool area, to help in the battle to bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

Traffic lights and widening is planned for the A19/A689 Wolviston interchange.

The project is one of 10 across the north to get Government backing.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the £32.4m of schemes in the North were part of a £217m national programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads.

He added: “By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.

“They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes.”

The Wolviston scheme will cost £6.1m and start next year, it will be completed by 2015.

Highways Agency chiefs say it will reduce congestion by upgrading the merger road onto the A19 southbound carriageway, widening the A689 west approach to the roundabout, and installing traffic signals on all approaches to the junction.

They say the work supports the enterprise zones in the Hartlepool area where 1,940 jobs are expected to be created by 2020.

It also supports Hartlepool’s core strategy plans to create 2,500 new houses as well as backing the export economy associated with Hartlepool port.