Video: Tyneside's triple deck roundabout

Contractors are on site from July this year starting work to form a triple deck roundabout on the A19 in North Tyneside. Designed by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff for Highways England, the three-level junction is being formed by lowering the A19 through the existing A19/A1058 grade separated junction.

The £75m project is being constructed by a Sisk/Lagan joint venture. The junction is on the main A19 North East route a few kms to the north of the Tyne Tunnels. The A1058 coast road runs uninterrupted on the higher level through the junction, while A19 traffic currently has to queue to join the roundabout at the lower level.

Sisk/Lagan will be on site for over two and a half years remodelling the junction while keeping all lanes open to traffic at peak times. As well as lowering the A19 route through the junction, the project will also provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, the HE says.

“Once complete, this scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day as well as cyclists and pedestrians," said HE project manager Julie Alexander.

“The A19 is a vital strategic link providing access to the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, Silverlink Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and South East Northumberland. During construction we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that traffic does keep moving."

A two day public exhibition is being held prior to the main construction works starting later this summer. A computer generated video showing the new triple decker junction is available at 


Very good, but actually just another roundabout with both an underpass & an overpass. Double deck roundabouts exist elsewhere, usually as a cycle roundabout above a vehicle one. A genuine triple deck one, perhaps with the top deck or a sunken one for pedestrians, would be more interesting to see!