Road safety on the A19

Stephen Hepburn MP has called on the Government to urgently review safety on the A19.

The Jarrow constituency MP raised the issue at a session of Department of Transport questions.

The Shields Gazette, Sunderland Echo and Hartlepool Mail have been calling on the Government to carry out an inquiry into safety on the A19 and have started a campaign online at 

Mr Hepburn said:

Can I bring the Minister’s attention to the “Safe A19” campaign run by my local newspapers, the Shields Gazette and the Sunderland Echo, and supported by myself and my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris)? It is of no surprise to anybody that the number of incidents and accidents on that road is linked to the fact that roads in the north get half the amount of investment as roads in the south-east. What is the Minister doing to protect the people of the north-east?”

Transport Parliamentary under Secretary of State Jesse Norman MP said in response: 

“As the hon. Gentleman will know, we take all issues of safety very seriously, and the same is true in the case of the A19. I have visited the A19 and seen schemes at work. We have further work planned on it, always with safety in mind.”

The campaign started by the Shields Gazette, Sunderland Echo and Hartlepool Mail has currently been signed by over 2,000 people. 

The campaign calls for an inquiry into safety on the dual carriageway through the North East and reads:

“The people of the North East, backed by the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail, call on the Government to carry out an inquiry into safety on the A19.

Last year alone, there were more than 70 people injured as a result of crashes on the stretch between Wolviston and Boldon alone.

This is too many collisions and it simply cannot go on.”

The campaign can be signed online at


Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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