30 April 2010
Planning permission was granted yesterday for a new landmark highway bridge across the River Wear connecting Castletown and Pallion in Sunderland. It will improve connectivity and accessibility within central Sunderland and reduce congestion, while facilitating the regeneration of key development sites in the city.
Members of Sunderland City Council committee backed the planning application for the landmark River Wear bridge, following their decision to move to the next stages of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor project.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director, WYG Environment Planning Transport, said: “Last year our expert planning consultants coordinated several major public consultation exercises across Sunderland that revealed strong support for a landmark bridge across the River Wear. We are delighted to be involved in the planning submission for such an aspirational infrastructure project in the North East.”
Crossing the river from Castletown on the north side to Pallion on the south, the cable-stay bridge will have two independent curving steel masts with the taller western mast rising to 190metres, making the structure England’s tallest bridge. The suspended deck will span 336metres and will consist of two carriageways, alongside pedestrian and cycle access. It will be suspended some 16 - 20metres above the River Wear creating a symbol for regeneration and renaissance.
Construction is planned to start in 2012 with completion in 2015.