Work begins on new Wear Bridge

14/05/2015
Highways Reporters

Work on a new near-£120 million bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland is getting underway today (Thursday 14 May).


The three span cable-stayed bridge with an A-frame pylon rising to 115m (379ft) will crosses the River Wear between Castletown on the north to Pallion on the south bank.



This pylon is twice as high as Gateshead's Millennium Bridge and taller than Big Ben. It will have two lanes of traffic in both directions plus dedicated cycleways and footpaths along its full length. This is in line with revised planning permission granted in August 2014.

The completion for all the works is programmed for spring 2018. The overall approved budget for the project is £117.6m, which includes all design, construction, management and land assembly costs.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "The bridge and its approach roads are going to open up regeneration and development sites along the River Wear and bring more investment into Sunderland.

"As a piece of infrastructure, it is one of the region's biggest civil engineering projects and an investment that is going to help create more jobs and more economic growth.

"By improving links between the A19, the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, a new bridge has always been a key part of Sunderland's on-going regeneration.

"This announcement is great news for Sunderland and the wider region. There has been talk for a long, long time that Sunderland has needed a major new road crossing over the River Wear and it's an issue that has not gone away.

"We have now secured a development that is going to further the regeneration of our city.

"The bridge and its approach roads are about bringing significant economic, regeneration and transport benefits to our city and the wider North East region.

"We cannot overstate the massive economic, social and community impact this project is bringing. It's going to profit homes, businesses, the Port of Sunderland, help with links to the A19, and the development of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP)*.

"This is a project of massive significance to everyone in Sunderland and across the North East."

The construction contract has been awarded to a joint venture between two companies, Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction.


Preliminary works diverting utilities alongside the A1231 Wessington Way have already started.The budget comprises City Council funding of £35.079m and Government funding of £82.521m.

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

  • COP26: The sector reacts
  • Road pricing: Putting the theory into practice
View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Rights Of Way Officer

£27,741 - £29,577
We are looking for a candidate who has practical experience of working with Rights of Way and access issues and... Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Highways Projects Manager

Up to £38,326.08 p.a.
We are looking for an experienced, skilled and competent Highways Projects Manager to help deliver a wide range of... Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
Recruiter: Broxbourne Borough Council

Assistant Director of Environment and Regulatory Services

circa £84,000
As Assistant Director of Environment and Regulatory Services, you will be responsible for core ‘front-line’ place-based services, including... Bolton, Greater Manchester
Recruiter: Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Heads of Service

£57,636 - £58,509 pa
It’s an exciting time to join us here in West Lancs as we are looking for 3 inspirational leaders who have the energy and drive to... Lancashire
Recruiter: West Lancashire Borough Council

Senior Engineer- Highways

£23,080- £30,451
Our Highways Service is growing to reflect the increase in investment. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Environmental Data Officer

£26,592
In this role you will collect, maintain and manage high quality energy and environmental data, and providing... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Senior Engineer - Highways Asset Maintenance

£39,854 to £43,741 (Pay Award Pending)
There’s never been a more exciting time to join Doncaster Council. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Doncaster Council

Director of Environmental & Community Services

Up to £90,096 per annum
We seek an energetic and committed Director who has the right motivations and values; someone who is... Long Eaton, Nottingham
Recruiter: Erewash Borough Council

Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Officer

£30,451 to £34,728 per annum
We have a great opportunity in Somerset to join our Highways and Transport Service. Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Team Manager Band 3 – Environment Strategy & Change

£46,845 - £48,849 per annum
This is the perfect time to join St Helens and become part of our exhilarating journey and help build our legacy for the future. St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Noise and Nuisance Officer

£32,301 - £35,949 per annum
To be successful in the Noise and Nuisance Team you will need a genuine commitment to... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Team Manager Band 3 - Fleet, Depot & Security

£46,845 - £48,849 per annum
This is the perfect time to join St Helens and become part of our exhilarating journey and help build our legacy for the future. St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Asset Manager

£42,821 - £46,845 per annum
The Highway Asset Manager is responsible for the strategic management of all the council’s highway assets... Blackburn, Lancashire
Recruiter: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Digital Evidence Officer

£25.137 - £26.520
The Digital Evidence (CCTV) Team are responsible for improving community safety outcomes throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich by... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Guaranteed Relief Cleaners North and South Kirklees Area

£9.25 per hour
Some of the key features and benefits of being part of the Kirklees Cleaning Service include... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Presents

 

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video