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New designs for Sunderland's Wear bridge unveiled

Sunderland City Council has released new designs for its iconic Wear bridge ahead of public consultation.

The designs and illustrations are unveiled to the public next week and follow Sunderland City Council’s decision to further develop work on the landmark bridge designed by internationally renowned and local architect Stephen Spence.

The public will be invited to comment on the bridge plans and approach roads, which form the first stage of a major new road link from the A19 into central Sunderland, called the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC).

“Last year the council carried out a major consultation exercise and people said that having a striking design for a new Wear bridge was very important,” said Phil Barrett, the council’s Director of Development and Regeneration.

“There’s now the opportunity, especially for those in Sunderland who live near to where the bridge would be built, to comment on these plans,” added Barrett

Public comments will contribute to a design and access statement as part of a proposed planning application and sit alongside more technical information such as details on construction works and the impact on the local environment.

Subject to final approvals, including a successful planning application, work could begin in 2012 and be completed in 2014.

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