|Distance:||17.5 miles (28.2 km)|
|Meets:||A194(M), A1290, A1231, A195, A183, A690, A1052, A19, unclassified|
|Old route now:||A195, A1086|
|Route outline (key)|
The A182 is a non-primary A-road in eastern County Durham. Although non-primary for its entire length it has some important sections.
Washington - Houghton-le-Spring
The road starts on the northern edge of Washington new town at A194(M) J1, where it also meets the B1288. The road heads southwards as the town's main north-south artery, Washington Highway. This road is dualled and fully grade-separated.
The road enters open country just before crossing the River Wear. It then goes under the former Leamside railway line before giving way for the first time, at a roundabout where it meets the A183. This marks the start of a multiplex - and the A183 number has priority even though the A182 seems to deserve it more.
The multiplex lasts until the next roundabout, by which time the two carriageways have diverged considerably suggesting something bigger was planned, although there is nowhere on the far side of the roundabout for such a road to go. The dual carriageway and Washington Highway end here and the A182 regains its number by turning half right and descending through Shiney Row. This village merges seamlessly into a few others and so the road remains urban as far as Houghton-le-Spring where it becomes dual once more just before reaching a roundabout and the A690.
Houghton-le-Spring - Easington
Originally there was a multiplex with the A690 in Houghton. That road has now been moved onto a dual-carriageway throughpass and things are more complicated. The A690 has two GSJs in quick succession in Houghton and the A182 forms the distributor road between the two junctions. As such, the two carriageways of the A182 are separated by the A690.
After turning away from the A690 the A182 becomes S2 once more. Houghton-le-Spring merges seamlessly into Hetton-le-Hole and the road remains urban for some distance. Open fields are finally reached on the far side of South Hetton and the road continues on for just over a mile to reach a GSJ on the A19 on the edge of Easington. It would seem that the A182 ends here - but it doesn't.
Easington - Seaham
The A182 now multiplexes north along the A19 for a couple of miles. Things are more complicated heading the other way, as there is no southbound offslip: traffic must use the A1086 turnoff and divert along the B1432 and B1283 through the middle of Easington.
The A182 reappears by turning off the A19 at Cold Hesledon. A road leads west from the junction in the direction of South Hetton but currently only serves an industrial estate; presumably the road is projected to meet up with the first section of the A182.
Heading east, the A182 runs along a straight, well-engineered road along the southern side of Seaham. The North Sea comes into view and the road passes over the Durham Coast Line and through industrial estates as it turns northward. Traffic to the docks is directed off at the next roundabout before the road passes the harbour to end at a roundabout on the edge of the town centre. The road ahead is unclassified but the B1287 runs only a short distance to the north.
As may be expected for a road running through a new town, the route of the A182 in Washington has altered considerably since the 1970s.
The original northern end of the A182 was on the A184 in Wardley. It then ran south along what is now the A195 to the far side of the A194(M) before turning off. The old A182 is still just about visible but no longer accessible to through traffic. It ran along Heworth Road and Spout Lane through the old centre of Washington. It crossed the River Wear on Station Road before reaching the current route of the A182 at the flared roundabout in Shiney Row. The road through Washington (from the A194(M) to what is now the A195) was numbered A1231 when built but then renumbered A182 when it was extended southwards.
Except for a bypass in Houghton-le-Spring the A182 now follows its original route as far as Easington and the A19. It originally ended on the old A19 in the village (this is now the B1432 to the north and unclassified to the south). When the A1086 coast road was opened later in the 1920s the A182 was extended to meet it on the northern edge of Horden. Easington was later bypassed to the west (on the A19) and to the south; this became the A1086 rather than the A182.
The Seaham southern bypass was constructed in the 1990s to allow traffic for the docks to avoid the centre of town. This road was given the A182 number from the start.