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England's tallest bridge built could be built be 2014

A new landmark 180m tall bridge in Sunderland, which would overtake the Humber Bridge as England’s tallest, could be built by 2014.

Backed by strong support from across the city, Sunderland City Council cabinet decided yesterday to take the next steps in the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) project with its centre-piece ‘people’s bridge’ over the Wear.

The council hopes that the bridge will “act as a catalyst for regeneration” and encourage investment in the region. Cllr Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council called the bridge “a distinctive new symbol for the city” which would raise “the potential for greater prosperity and further regeneration along the river corridor.”

Designed by local architect Stephen Spence and structural engineers Techniker, the bridge’s centrepiece would be two soaring curved masts, an iconic design Mr Spence believes “shows confidence and ambition for the city”.

Funds of £133 million could be made available for the SSTC project, with the Department for Transport indicating it could contribute £97.9m, and the City Council £23m.

The bridge would cross from Castletown on the north side to Pallion on the south. Planning application could be submitted by November 2009.

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