Tees Valley Mayor - Ben Houchen

Connecting Tees Valley.

Improving roads, improving lives.

Our aim

We are always looking for ways of improving the Tees Valley area, and we have some ambitious plans to grow our economy, making Tees Valley an even better place to be for businesses and residents. We have some ambitious plans to grow our economy over the next ten years as we aim to create 25,000 new jobs and 23,000 new homes.

Part of our plan includes extensive improvements to our road network. For too long, residents of Tees Valley have suffered from frustrating delays where our major roads are simply not equipped to deal with the volume of traffic that they carry on a daily basis.

Tees Valley Combined Authority, in partnership with the five local Councils and Highways England, has set out proposals for better transport connections across the area, providing businesses and residents with a high quality road network that is safe, less congested and more reliable.

These proposals include a new Tees Crossing, taking some pressure off the A19 Tees Viaduct, and enhanced east-west connectivity with improvements to the A66 between the A1(M) and Teesport, which includes a new Darlington Bypass.

An improved road network will provide more access to global markets, increasing our capacity for growth and creating more jobs for the people of Tees Valley.

You  can see a short video of our plans to improve the road network by clicking on the image below:


Crossing the River Tees

There are currently 10 river crossings between the west of Stockton and the coast. However, only two of these crossings are capable of carrying large volumes of traffic, the A66 Surtees Bridge and the A19 Tees Viaduct. Any incident on the A19 or A66 therefore causes significant congestion on the local road crossings and the local road network. These issues need to be resolved to achieve Tees Valley’s economic ambitions.

What are the benefits of a new Tees crossing?

A new crossing of the River Tees will provide additional capacity for up to 72,000 vehicles per day, addressing the current issue with congestion and slow journey times and ensuring that new housing and employment sites can be brought forward.

With 70% of major local businesses being internationally owned, improving access to the A19 will enhance the regional, national and international connectivity of Tees Valley. The increased connectivity will improve access to jobs and services for all road users, allowing greater connections to strategic centres and Enterprise Zones, supporting sustainable local development.

Eleven of the twelve Tees Valley Enterprise Zone sites lie within a 20 minute drive of the A19, and this north-south route serves key economic sites, including Belasis Business Park, Riverside Park, Middlehaven, Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, Queen’s Meadow Business Park and North Shore Innovation Centre. With the reduction in congestion will also come a reduction in the number and severity of road traffic incidents, making our roads safer for all road users.

East-West Connectivity

The A66 is important for all residents, businesses and visitors of Tees Valley. Many people rely on it daily, whether for commuting, business or pleasure. However, pressures are mounting at certain points, and the proposed plans will look to improve sections of the road, junctions and provide new road links.


A66 Corridor Improvements

East-West route connectivity is particularly critical for access to Teesport and Durham Tees Valley Airport as it provides international connectivity and opens up logistics, freight and container market opportunities for businesses within Tees Valley. Teesport is the fifth largest port in the country, and the largest exporting port in England, it is therefore one of the key economic assets in the north.

In order to attract global investment and more job opportunities to the area, it is crucial to improve the existing road link between the A1(M) and Teesport. At the eastern end of the A66 is the cluster of chemical and energy industries at Teesport, the Wilton Complex and the new Mayoral Development Corporation at the former SSI site, all of which are key areas for business and job creation.

Improvements to Cargo Fleet and Tees Dock Road roundabouts are therefore planned to improve the capacity of the A66 between the A19 and Teesport. Improvements are also being investigated at the western side of Stockton, which will support growth and improve congestion and reliability between Elton and Teesside Park.

The new Tees Crossing proposals, in combination with the A66 improvements, will ensure that Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland are better connected via the A66.

Darlington Northern Link Road

At the western end of the A66 around Darlington there are significant constraints that impact on how the A66 works for the whole of Tees Valley.

Around Darlington the A66 is single carriageway with a large number of roundabouts and is often heavily congested, resulting in slow journey times from the A1(M) to Teesport.

Improvements have been identified on the A66 between Morton Palms roundabout and Little Burdon Roundabout Access to and from Tees Valley is also restricted at junction 57 (Blackwell Spur) of the A1(M), where vehicles can only join the A1(M) and travel south from the A66, and vehicles from the north cannot leave the A1(M) to access Tees Valley. The traffic has to use local roads, such as the A1150 and A167, which go through built up residential areas and are not suitable for the types and volume of vehicles travelling on them.

This causes significant stress on the local roads in Darlington, causing conflict with local residents, cyclists and pedestrians. It also creates environmental concerns and raises issues of safety. The problems with this route have a knock-on effect, putting more pressure on other parts of the Tees Valley road network.

A new route around the north east corner of Darlington would provide economic and housing growth opportunities and an important link that better connects Tees Valley to the A1(M) and provides more choice for regional and national journeys.

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Contact us

If you would like more information on these schemes contact Tees Valley Combined Authority on 01642 524400 or e-mail info@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk

You can also download our brochure here

You can also download the Summary Report, and the Option Assessment Report for the A66/A689 improvement scheme by clicking here