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Highways England starts £51m A19 upgrade six months early

Downhill Lane upgrade

Highways England is starting work on a £51 million upgrade to the A19 six months ahead of schedule.

The multi-million-pound improvement scheme at the Downhill Lane site near Sunderland will help to reduce congestion and journey times for the area, including the thousands of commuters that work at Nissan’s Sunderland factory.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere marked the work starting alongside the latest latest round of discussions with local members of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council (NTAC), including North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll and chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee Cllr Martin Gannon.

The Department for Transport launched the NTAC earlier this year, to give Northern leaders a direct line to ministers to accelerate transport projects.

Baroness Vere said: “ is another example of our commitment to levelling up Northern transport infrastructure and to bringing projects forward where we can.

“It’s also the sort of accelerated works we want to achieve through NTAC in the future, to help us build back better and create more reliable, more connected and better quality transport options.”

 Transport Minister Rachel Maclean

Virtual Smart Transport Conference 2020 presentations available to view now

After three packed days of content the first Virtual Smart Transport Conference has come to a close, but delegates can now gain free access to rewatch all the presentations during the show.

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Videos can be accessed by heading to the Agenda & Live Stream section of the Virtual Smart Transport Conference event website and choosing sessions to watch from across the three days.

The event featured thought leadership presentations from over 45 key stakeholders from the public and private sector, with opening statements from transport minister Rachel Maclean (pictured) and Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham.

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