Benefits of the new bridge
An artist's impression of the new Wear bridge.
The New Wear Crossing will help bring major economic and regeneration benefits to Sunderland and the wider Tyne & Wear city-region.
Economic studies indicate that every £1 invested in the project will result in £4.80 of economic benefit to the area.
When linked with the wider improvements planned for the road network as part of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor, the New Wear Crossing will be a key economic driver for growth in Sunderland over the next decade.
- Help create 6,000 new jobs at development sites like the former Vaux site, the old Groves Cranes site and Hylton Park along the riverside corridor in Sunderland
- Establish a strategic public transport corridor connecting Washington, Nissan, the new Enterprise Zones and the A19 with the city centre and the Port of Sunderland
- Relieve congestion on and allow enhanced priority for public transport and cyclists across the Wearmouth and Queen Alexandra bridges
- Make a major contribution to the regeneration of the city centre and the Port of Sunderland
- Reduce journey times and improve journey time reliability for people travelling by car, public transport and by bike on routes across the city
- Open up the Metro to thousands of residents and workers in the Castletown area who will be a short walk across the river from Pallion Metro station
- Improve journey times along the existing A1231 Wessington Way by reducing the number of roundabouts and improving the road surface