Drivers in the North East can look forward to shorter journey times after a multi-million pound project to cut congestion was completed.
The £3.7 million scheme involved the A19/A689 Wolviston Interchange near Wynyard, which now has an increased capacity.
It is the first of four so-called Pinch Point schemes to be carried out in the North East.
Pinch Point projects are small-scale road improvement schemes that can make a huge difference to road users by shortening journey times.
It is believed that this will help boost local businesses and ultimately increase economic growth.
Highways Agency project manager Steve Bishop said the completion of the project is "great news" for motorists in the North East who use "this important junction".
He added that the Pinch Point improvements will not only be beneficial for the local economy, but they will also improve safety for drivers using the junction.
Copyright Press Association 2014