- A19 road
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York Thirsk Teesside Middlesbrough Sunderland Tyne Tunnel
The A19 is a major
roadin England, running parallel to and east of the A1 road. It provides a viable alternative to the A1 between Dishforthin Yorkshireand Tyneside.It is often assumed the A19 starts at Dishforth Interchange A1(M) Jct 49, but the first few miles is actually the A168, as this is a trunk route.
The A19 starts at a junction with the A630 "Church Way" and A638 just to the north of Doncaster itself near to the parish church; this junction has been improved in recent years. It leaves the A638 at the next roundabout as "Bentley Road", and then winds its way over the
East Coast Main Line, which it will follow through Selby and York, through the suburb of Bentley passing the Shell "Bentley Service Station", St Peter's [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/178097 church] and the " [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/287294 Druid's Arms] " and out into the countryside to the north of the urban area. It then passes the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/287268 Pavilion] exhibition centre.
Much of the A19's course round here runs through the old
Yorkshire coalfield, and there's evidence of this on the way with old slag-heaps and colliery buildings. It passes through Toll Barand the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/287263 primary school] .
It then sets off north towards the village of
Askern, itself with a history of mining in the area. It meets the B1220 for Carcroftand goes through Owston, passing the "Owston Park Lodge". Here it passes the "Askern Hotel", "Red Lion Hotel" and Jet "Askern Service Station" and goes over a [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/234867 level crossing] . There is also a [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/89808 boating lake] , St Peter's [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/234701 church] and a [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/89791 greyhound stadium] . There is a left turn for Norton. There are some long straights north of here, and the surrounds are mostly flat as the road heads towards the M62. It enters North Yorkshireand the district of Selby where it crosses the River Wentnear Walden Stubbs. There are some [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/280185 crossroads] at Balne Moor, and it passes through Whitley Thorpe and Whitley and the " [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/246726 George & Dragon] ". It meets the M62 at junction 34.
From the M62, the village of
Eggboroughhas been bypassed in recent years, with the new road travelling from this roundabout to near the power station to the right (there are three power stations in a row at this point, running west-east: Ferrybridge, Eggborough, and Drax, with its enormous chimney, to the east). Close by is Whitley Bridgeand the A19 then meets the A645 at a roundabout and its previous alignment to the north of the village, before travelling through Chapel Haddleseywhere it crosses the River Aireand the small village of Burn where it [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/753813 crosses] the Selby Canal, then before Brayton, it joins the A63. The £44m six mile A63 Selby bypass, to the south of the town opened on June 11 2004. Before this happened, all the traffic, headed straight towards the centre of Selby, over a level-crossing and on to a busy traffic-light junction with the A63 from Leeds. The A19 took the major of the concurrency through the town centre, whilst crossing the old toll bridgeand heading on north towards York. The road is still the A19 through Selby, but the bypass is the A63. However, north-bound traffic follows the A63.
The £5m five mile Riccall and Barlby bypass opened in October 1987. This provided better junctions with the A63 (
Howden) and A163 ( Holme-on-Spalding-Moor). The A63 and A19 meet at a roundabout near a large [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/159628 pickle factory] . It heads [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/343442 towards] Riccallwhere the road is much [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/877042 straighter] after the bypass; it is following what was the East Coast Main Linebefore the Selby Diversion was built. Where the road leaves the old railway, the Trans Pennine Trailfollows along the old track. At Escrick, it enters the Vale of York, and passes the BP "York Road Garage", the Parsonage Hotel and the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/77137 church] of St Helen. Next is Deighton, passing the "White Swan Inn", then it heads [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/295057 towards] [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/295033 Crockey Hill] . It [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/278193 meets] the A64 near the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/278190 headquarters] of Persimmon plc. The York Northern By-Pass as the A1237 is a substitute for the A19 through York – this road is poorly engineered and has frequent roundabouts. The A19 still goes through York, beginning with the junction with the A64 close to a shopping centre, then Fulford, meeting the B1222 and passing St Oswald's [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/77129 church] . It crosses the East Coast Main Line and passes through Clifton and Rawcliffe. North of York, the road passes the "Riverside Farm" pub, then goes through Skelton as "Shipton Road" passing the "Blacksmith's Arms" and "Ramada York Hotel". It [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/265261 re-enters] North Yorkshire and the district of Hambletonand goes straight [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/265258 through] the middle of Shipton by Beningbrough as "Main Street", to the annoyance of many residents. It passes the "Sidings Hotel", "Dawnay Arms" and the Holy Evangelists [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/11568 church] . Leaving the village it passes a [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/257511 garage] on the left. There is a left turn for Tollerton and goes [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/263839 through] Tollerton Forest. Heading northward the section between York and Thirskwas not helped much by the opening of the £5m three mile Easingwold[http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/886090 Bypass] in November 1994, as the road remained single carriageway, starting at a [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/263853 roundabout] . There is a left turn for Raskelf. The residents of Thormanbylook forward to their village being bypassed. Here it passes the "Black Bull" pub. There is the small dwelling of [http://www.hambleton.gov.uk/hambleton/parish.nsf/par/all/birdforth?opendocument Birdforth] with a roadside [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/320757 cafe] and crossroads for Hutton Sessayand Carlton Husthwaite. It [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/416358 crosses] the Thirkleby Beck near Great Thirklebyand goes across [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/444703 Pudding Pie Hill] . It meets the A168 from the south, and the old route through Thirsk is now the A170 then the A61. The [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/854733 bypass] meets the A61 and A168 (for Northallerton) at a junction near South Kilvington.
North of Thirsk, the A19 takes over from the A168 as the link from the A1 to
Teessideand becomes a fast dual carriagewaywith mostly grade separated interchanges, passing North Kilvington, climbing slightly past the junction at Knaytonnear Borrowbyand skirting the western edge of the North York Moors, meeting the A684 (for Northallerton) after [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/403314 passing] through Leake and by the " [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/139283 Haines Arms] ". It drops towards the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/66791 Cleveland Tontine] at the junction with the A172 (for Stokesleyand Guisborough). A mile later, it passes the BP"Exelby Services" on both sides of the road. Eventually after passing the Crathorne/ Yarmexit the road hurtles towards Teessideover the Leven Viaduct. From the Crathorne bypass, the road leaves the old route to the east, with the old route now being the A67 then the A135 through Stockton. About a couple of miles from the Parkway Turn (A174) in Middlesbroughthe road is raised slightly, overlooking ThornabyIndustrial Estate and one of Europe's biggest housing estates known as Ingleby Barwick, giving clues that Teessideis imminent. At the Parkway the lighting columns appear then the road widens to three lanes, then at Acklamat the A1130 interchange it becomes four before two peel off for the A66 for Stockton-on-Teesand Middlesbrough. Either side of the River Tees crossing, the Tees Flyover, is a retail park - Teesside Parkwith a Morrisonsto the south of the river and Portrackwith an ASDAon the Stockton side, with a mass of industry in the vicinity of the A66/A19 interchange. This interchange is one of the few 4-way free-flow interchanges in Britain not found on the motorwaynetwork, and is similar to a four-level stack interchange, but with a single loop ramp covering the A19 south to A66 west movement. This road was improved in 1998 by widening from 2 to 3 & 4 lanes each way the four mile section between the Parkway and Norton. Even in rush hourthe road still flows quite well. The grade-separated four-mile £19m BillinghamDiversion was officially opened in February 1983, which diverted the traffic through a sub-standard section with roundabouts built in the 1970s.
Past Teesside the road climbs to a rural landscape, passing the "Ron Perry & Sons" service stations on both sides near Elwick, before hitting
Peterleeand the surrounding ex-coal-mining villages all competing with place marketing billboards for industries to locate. At Peterlee a 'flyover' was built in the late eighties/early ninites to ease the congesetion that was a constant feature of the old traffic island that was there. Locally this island was known as the "Turnpike". Local rumour has it that the flyover was built as a gesture of good will for the Nissan plant at Sunderland, who did not want their transporter vehicles held up at the Turnpike. The road crosses the River Wearon the Hylton Bridge before passing the SunderlandNissan plant. At Testo's Roundabout, the A19 originally ended as the A1 took over to run through the Tyne Tunnel, before that classification became assigned to the Gateshead Western Bypass from the Angel of the Northto the Metro Centre. To the east the A19 now approaches the Tyne Tunnel, soon to be duplicated to offer a real alternative to the rush hour congestion blackspot that is the A1. The A19 continues to the A1 just north of Newcastle at Seaton Burn.
* [http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/articles/2833612.htm Selby bypass opens June 2004.]
* [http://www.selby.gov.uk/news_detail.asp?id=234&menuid=2 Problems with the Selby bypass.]
* [http://www.cbrd.co.uk/futures/upgrade/a19.shtml New Tyne crossing on CBRD.]
* [http://www.thisisyork.co.uk/york/archive/2001/12/17/york_news_local12ZM.html Shipton by Beningbrough villagers angry over bypass postponement in 2001.]
* [http://www.thisisyork.co.uk/york/archive/2003/10/08/york_news_local40ZM.html Shipton by Beningbrough villagers losing their patience in 2003.]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/4300213.stm Multiple murderer Mark Hobson is caught at a petrol station on A19 at Shipton by Beningbrough.]
* [http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/f99/19.shtml SABRE article on the A19]
* [http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/5283.aspx Highway Agency DFBO Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel]
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