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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

A19 / A1018 Seaton Lane Junction

Working with Highways England, we are developing a major junction improvement to connect the A19 southbound slip road directly to the A1018, as an alternative to Seaton Lane.


In recent years, development in both Sunderland and Seaham has led to increased traffic using the A19 at Seaton Lane which has caused congestion and affected residents and the places they live.

Working with Sunderland City Council, we submitted a joint Housing Infrastructure Forward Plan Funding bid proposing a solution.

As part of the budget on 11 March 2020, both councils received an overall funding award of £25.5m from the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government, or which £5.5m will be used to carry out work on the junction in County Durham.

What we will do

To reduce traffic access and congestion on Seaton Lane, we will:

  • build a new roundabout and link road connecting the A19 southbound directly to the A1018
  • convert part of the existing A1018 southbound to allow two-way traffic towards the Stockton Road roundabout
  • build a link from the new roundabout to Seaton Lane to allow for local journeys to Seaham

This solution will reassign Sunderland traffic to and from the A19 away from Seaton Lane, including the congested Stockton Road, Seaton Lane and Lord Byron's Walk junction.


The project will:

  • reduce congestion
  • reduce journey time for both traffic in Seaham and towards Sunderland
  • improve air quality and reduce noise reduction along Seaton Lane
  • ensure direct access from Seaham to/from the A19
  • allow housing growth in Seaham and Sunderland South
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