Phase 3 (SSTC 3) is the critical 2km link between the Northern Spire and the city centre, due for completion in 2021.
Preparations are well underway for the delivery of SSTC 3 which is vital to:
The benefits brought to the city by the scheme include:
The overall scheme cost is estimated to be £70.8m, a substantial investment in the city. Over half of this value will be the main construction contract. Land acquisition, diversions of buried services, design, project management and risk allowances make up the remainder.
The council have successfully attracted £40.5m funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) via the Local Growth Fund (LGF) provided through the regional Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). These bodies are key partners in the scheme.
With some preparation works programmed for earlier, the main construction works will start in Spring 2019. The road will be fully open to traffic in mid 2021.
Key milestones which have been achieved to date:
|2007||SSTC route included in Alteration 2 of Unitary Development Plan|
|September 2014||Delivery of Phase 3 gains council Cabinet approval|
|January 2015||Consultation with potentially affected land interests begun|
|July 2015||Design consultants appointed|
|August 2015||Data collection and preliminary design commenced|
|May 2016||Public consultation|
|November 2016||Council Cabinet approve the design layout|
|January 2017||Planning application made|
|January 2017||Detailed design commences|
|June 2017||Consultation with prospective construction contractors commenced|
|June 2017||Further detailed site investigation commenced|
|Sept 2017||Roads orders published including Compulsory Purchase|
|October 2017||Planning permission granted|
|January 2018||Detailed design substantially complete|
|Summer 2018||Public Inquiry|
|Summer 2018||Invitations to tender for construction works|
|Summer 2018||Limited enabling works commence on site including demolitions|
|Summer 2018||Some underground service diversions in advance|
|Autumn 2018||Contractor announced|
|Winter 2018/19||Final approvals confirmed by Secretary of State|
|Winter 2018/19||Land Entry Procedures|
|Spring 2019||Final business case approved by Department for Transport releasing the £40.5m funding|
Key dates for the programme ahead:
|Spring 2019||Construction commences|
|Summer 2021||Works complete and fully open to traffic|
The scheme layout
The SSTC3 route runs on an approximately West/East alignment South of the River Wear, between Northern Spire and the city centre. From West to East, key features of the route include:
See what the carriageway will look like:
To see a flythrough of the route click here.
To see a drive through of the route click here.
To see a flythrough of SSTC phase 2 and Phase 3 route click here.
The scheme has to obtain Planning Permission in order to proceed. A Planning Application was submitted in January 2016 and planning permission was granted on 24 October 2017.
As well as details of the scheme, the planning application includes an Environmental Statement, the result of a full Environmental Impact Assessment.
All the submitted details can be viewed and comments made via the Planning Portal of the City Council website. A link is provided here
Publication of Orders
The Orders for the scheme were published in September 2017. These documents are the means by which the council formally acquires the land necessary for the scheme and enable the changes to the public highway network. They are published subject to decision by the Secretary of State which will follow a period for objections, resolution and Public Inquiry if one is required.
The publication of orders resulted in a public inquiry which took place in September 2018. Secretary of State confirmed the Side Road Orders and the Compulsory Purchase Order (with minor modifications) on 30 November 2018. General Vesting Declaration notices served on 18 February 2019 with possession of land May 2019.
The inspectors report can be found here