Major works well advanced on New Wear Crossing project

The works, which are essential to the progress of the bridge project, are likely to cause delays and disruption to motorists travelling along key routes near the River Wear throughout 2017, and will continue in some areas until the new bridge opens in 2018.

Key areas of work

RoadDates affectedDetails
A1231 Wessington Way February 2016 - Summer 2018Part of the A1231 Wessington Way is reduced to one lane in both directions until early summer 2017. After this there will be ongoing work in the area until the new bridge opens early in 2018
Timber Beach RoadWinter/Summer 2017In early summer 2017 a short section of the road between DW Fitness and the entrance to the car park areas for Units 1 and 2 (including Wessington Dental Practice) will be closed for a period of time to connect the new road to the existing road network. More details will be available in the spring of 2017.
Pallion JunctionSpring 2016 - Summer 20174-way traffic lights are in place while the existing Pallion roundabout is changed to a junction

There will also be smaller elements of work taking place for shorter periods on roads linked to the scheme to the north and south of the river.

A1231 Wessington Way

The main work in this area started in February 2016. The A1231 Wessington Way is now reduced to one lane in both directions until the summer of 2017.

From early 2017 until the new bridge opens in the spring of 2018 there will continue to be work taking place in the area that may cause some disruption to motorists.

The area affected runs between the Queen Alexandra Bridge junction and the roundabout that connects Wessington Way with Colima Avenue (near the footbridge and McDonalds). There are also reduced speed limits in place throughout this time.

The works will see the Castletown roundabout on Wessington Way (beside Sainsbury's) at the junction with Timber Beach Road replaced with traffic lights.

This will give direct access from the A1231 Wessington Way to the new bridge, across to Pallion and on to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, and cater for the changes in the area as people use this junction to access the new bridge.

Timber Beach Road

The short section of Timber Beach Road that linked the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland Enterprise Park is now closed for good.

This section of road has been closed permanently to make way for a new road linking the A1231 Wessington Way directly to the new bridge, across the river to Pallion and on to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland.

Access between Sunderland Enterprise Park and the A1231 Wessington Way is now via the two Colima Avenue routes or via the Queen Alexandra Bridge junction.

The main section of Timber Beach Road that connects Hylton Park Road to Colima Avenue have occasional roadworks, but will largely remain open throughout 2017 and once the works are complete.

Pallion Junction

The roundabout connecting European Way, Pallion New Road, Pallion Subway and Woodbine Terrace is being replaced with traffic lights, which will speed up traffic flow in the area. This will give traffic direct access from Pallion across the new bridge to the A1231 Wessington Way, and on to the A19.

This work started in the spring of 2016, and will last until late May 2017.

Signs are in place to inform people that retailers on Pallion Retail Park and local businesses, such as Sunderland Wall and WH Forster Printers at Pallion Quay, are operating as usual.