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Council to decide on new Wear Bridge

Sunderland councillors are to meet next week to discuss a new bridge over the Wear

They will decide the next steps for the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) project. These include submitting a planning application for a landmark bridge rising 180m above the river Wear.

The landmark bridge’s striking design was first proposed by local architect Stephen Spence and structural engineers Techniker. Further detailed construction and maintenance plans have now been drawn up by Spence and Techniker, reviewed by the council, and are part of the report to the cabinet.

Members of the council’s Cabinet are examining a report looking at the economic benefits, public support, construction plans and financial costs for a landmark bridge design and its approach roads at the meeting on Wednesday, September 9.

The bridge is the centre-piece for this phase of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor and would cross  the river from Castletown on the north side to Pallion on the south. Funds of £133 million can be made available.

Last year there was a major public consultation exercise across Sunderland that showed people were in favour of having a landmark bridge and building it could help further regeneration in the river corridor and city centre.

Subject to further funding decisions, the City Council would put £23 million towards the project.

“In consultation last year, people in Sunderland said they liked the idea of a landmark design and wanted to keep any impact on council tax bills to a minimum,” said leader of Sunderland City Council Cllr Paul Watson

“The Cabinet agreed that more details on construction, design and maintenance costs should be completed. All these details on why we should build a landmark bridge, how it can be built and how to pay for it are in the report that the City Council’s cabinet is looking at on Wednesday.”


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