A19 and A168

Those who don't venture to the north-east all that often might not be familiar with the A19, and might not realise just what an important road it is. The A1 is, of course, the Great North Road, - so perhaps, north of York at least, the A19 is the Other North Road. From Dishforth up to the northern edge of Tyneside, there is a second major route running east of the A1, serving all the large and important towns that its more famous counterpart doesn't reach. The whole of Teesside - Middlesbrough, Stockton and Billingham - is reached this way; Hartlepool and Peterlee would be lost without it; Sunderland and Gateshead rely on it just as much as they do the A1 itself.

In fact, it may come as a surprise to those who live in places like Middlesbrough or Hartlepool that, outside their patch, the A19 is relatively unknown and overlooked. But then that's its greatest advantage: the parallel A1 is busy and often unpleasant; a rat race of rush hour commuting and too-narrow motorway sections that last saw improvement work in the mid 1960s. The A19 is the quicker, quieter drive for those in the know.

It's also the one that has seen improvement work most recently. While the Newcastle Western Bypass has been festering in its traffic jam nightmare since the 1980s, and the A1(M) between Durham and Darlington is home to queues of traffic behind lorries struggling up and down the hills, the A19 can boast one of the most impressive bits of A-road in the country at Middlesbrough - where it is, in places, four lanes each way and, at the junction with the A66, has a rare fully free-flowing four-way junction. In mid-2011, the second Tyne Tunnel was opened, completing the dual carriageway around Newcastle and taking 45 minutes off the old rush hour queues.

Despite that, outside of the bypasses, a lot of the A19 was improved on its existing line, and the more rural sections tend to have side-turnings, farm accesses and unexpected entrances from little back lanes here and there. It's a far cry from the bustling section around the Nissan plant and the Wear Bridge or the impressive Tees crossing, from which the twinkling lights and flares of the oil refineries make for a surprisingly pleasant view at night, even if the landscape isn't quite so inspiring in the daytime.

So if you're travelling north you might want to opt for the A19 instead of the A1 next time - just keep it under your hat, OK?

Tolls

A toll is charged to use the Tyne Tunnel for both northbound and southbound traffic.

Enquiries about toll charges

Please direct all enquiries about the tolls to TT2. This is NOT the Tyne Tunnel official website.

Vehicle class Toll for single crossing
Motorbikes
Disabled badge holders
Free
Vehicles with 2 axles and below 3 metres height
Articulated vehicles with tractor height below 2 metres and trailer height below 3 metres
£1.70
Vehicles above 3 metres height
Vehicles with more than 3 axles and height above 2 metres
£3.30

The prices above are intended as a guide only, and were correct at 5 September 2016. Please check the Tyne Tunnels official website for up-to-date prices.

You're not looking at the whole A19 and A168

This page is about the parts of the A19 and A168 that are designated a motorway or that have motorway characteristics. Other sections of this road will not be featured here and will not count towards the length of the road as shown below.

Start
Wide Open
End
Dishforth
Passes
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tynemouth, South Shields, Gateshead, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Thirsk
Connects to
Length
75 miles

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
Seaton Burn
B1318
The SOUTH
Newcastle
A1 Link
The NORTH
Morpeth
A1 Link
Blagdon
Dinnington
Cramlington
A1068















A1


B1318
NORTH















A1


A1068
N/A
LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Newcastle (E)
A189
Annitsford
B1505
Blyth
Ashington
A189
Cramlington
A1171
Dudley B1319
B1319

B1505

A189
A1171

B1505

A189
Cramlington
A1171
Dudley B1319
Blyth
Ashington
A189
Newcastle (E)
A189
Annitsford
B1505
LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Backworth
B1322
Killingworth
A1056
A1056 B1322

B1322
Backworth
B1322
Killingworth
A1056
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
Whitley Bay
Gosforth
A186
Earsdon
A186
A186


A186

A191
Whitley Bay
Gosforth
A186
Earsdon
A186
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Newcastle
A1058
Silverlink
Tynemouth
A1058
A1058 A1058 Silverlink
Tynemouth
A1058
Newcastle
A1058
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
0.8 miles, 2 lanes 0.8 miles, 2 lanes
North Shields
Wallsend
A193 Vehicle Ferry
A193 A193 North Shields
Wallsend
A193 Vehicle Ferry
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
LanesLanesLanesLanes SignsSigns LanesLanesLanesLanes SignsSigns
1.2 miles, 2 lanes  
River or canal Tyne River or canal Tyne
  1.2 miles, 2 lanes
Jarrow
Hebburn
A185
A185


B1297

A185
Jarrow
Hebburn
A185
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
South Shields
A194
A194 A194 South Shields
Gateshead
A194
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Boldon Colliery Boldon Colliery
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Gateshead
Newcastle
A184
Sunderland (N)
A184
A184 A184 Sunderland (N)
A184
The SOUTH
Durham
A184
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Nissan (Offices)
Industrial Est.
A1290
A1290 Nissan (Offices)
Industrial Est.
A1290
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
Washington
Sunderland (N)
A1231
A1231 A1231 Sunderland
Gateshead
A1231
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes  
River or canal Wear River or canal Wear
  1.5 miles, 3 lanes
Sunderland
Chester-le-Street
A183
A183 A183 Sunderland
Chester-le-Street
A183
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Sunderland
Durham
A690
A690
(A1(M))
A690


Sunderland
Durham
A690 (A1(M) Link)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
Sunderland
A1081
B1404


B1404

A1018
Seaham
B1404
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Seaham
Murton
B1285
B1285


B1285

A182
Seaham A182
Murton
B1285
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Services Easington Services Easington
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.2 miles, 2 lanes  
Houghton-le-Spring
A182
Easington
B1283
A182

B1283
B1283
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.7 miles, 2 lanes
A1086 Easington
Horden
A1086
LanesLanesLanesLanes
   
  1 mile, 2 lanes
Peterlee
Horden
B1320
B1320 Peterlee
B1320
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Bracken Hill Bus. Pk.
Shotton Colliery
Shotton
Peterlee
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Durham A181
Blackhall
B1281
A181 B1281 Durham A181
Castle Eden
Blackhall
B1281
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
Castle Eden
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Hutton Henry
Wingate
Hutton Henry
Wingate
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Sheraton Sheraton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Wingate B1280
Hartlepool
A179
B1280 A179 Hartlepool
A179
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Elwick Elwick
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Trimdon
Local Traffic
Local Traffic
Trimdon
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.8 miles, 2 lanes 0.8 miles, 2 lanes
Dalton Piercy Dalton Piercy
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
Bishop Auckland
Durham (A1(M) Link)
Hartlepool
A689
Services Wolviston


A689
(A1(M))
A689
A1185



Hartlepool
A689
Seal Sands
A1185
Bishop Auckland
A689 (A1(M) Link)
Services Wolviston
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
Norton
Billingham
A1027
A1027 A1027 Norton
Billingham
A1027
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 3 lanes  
Norton
A139
A139 A1027

B1275


LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
Stockton
A1046
A1046 A1046 Haverton Hill
Stockton
A1046
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 3 lanes  
River or canal Tees River or canal Tees
  1 mile, 3 lanes
Darlington
Stockton
Middlesbrough
A66
A66 A66 Darlington
Stockton
Middlesbrough
A66
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 4 lanes 1 mile, 4 lanes
Thornaby
Acklam
A1130
A1130 A1130 Thornaby
Acklam
A1130
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes 1.5 miles, 3 lanes
Teesport
Thornaby
Redcar
A174
A174 A174 Whitby
Redcar
Teesport
Wilton
Yarm
A174
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
4.5 miles, 2 lanes 4.5 miles, 2 lanes
Yarm
A67
A67 Crathorne
Picton
A67
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes  
  2.5 miles, 2 lanes
Picton Picton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Potto
East Rourton
Welbury
Hutton Rudby
Potto
Hutton Rudby
Swainby
Stokesley
East Rounton
Welbury
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Services Exelby Services Exelby
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
East Harlsey
Ingleby Arncliffe
Ingleby Arncliffe
East Harlsey
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Hutton Rudby
Stokesley
A172
A172 Stokesley
A172
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.3 miles, 2 lanes 0.3 miles, 2 lanes
Stony Lane Stony Lane
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Northallerton
A684
A684 Northallerton
A684
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.2 miles, 2 lanes 1.2 miles, 2 lanes
Thimbleby Thimbleby
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.3 miles, 2 lanes 0.3 miles, 2 lanes
Kirkby Sigston Kirkby Sigston
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Over Silton Over Silton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Northallerton Northallerton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes  
  2 miles, 2 lanes
Knayton
Borrowby
Knayton
Borrowby
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
Moorhouse Lane Moorhouse Lane
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
Northallerton
A168
A168

A61
(A170)
Thirsk A61
Scarborough
(A170)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
A168 becomes A19
Scarborough
Thirsk A170
York A19
A170 A19 A19 becomes A168
York A19
Scarborough
Thirsk A170
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes  
Thirsk
B1448
B1448
LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 4 miles, 2 lanes
Topcliffe
Dalton
Sessay
A167
A167 Topcliffe
Asenby
Dalton
Cundall
Helperby
A167
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes  
Asenby
Cundall
Helperby
LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 3.5 miles, 2 lanes
A1(M) J49 N/A (A1)

A1(M)




SOUTH
A168

A1(M)



The NORTH (A1)
Ripon (B6265)
Boroughbridge
A168
The SOUTH
Wetherby
A1(M) Link
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
Routes

Picture credits

With thanks to Daniel Doran, Ian Duff, Chris Bertram and John for information on this page.