Wearsiders reminded to give views on Sunderland city centre gateway

Wearmouth Bridge/Sunderland City Council.
Wearmouth Bridge/Sunderland City Council.

Residents and businesses are being reminded to give their views about a new city centre gateway in Sunderland. 

The plans include introducing two-way traffic for all drivers approaching the Wearmouth Bridge from the north.

And, a two-way system for Dame Dorothy Street with a new junction for access from and into North Bridge Street. Other plans have also been proposed.

Councillor Michael Mordey, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for City Services, said: “The City Council is very much committed to further improving our city’s roads and wider transport network.

“Work on our new bridge is underway and we have further plans for the continuous dual carriageway from the A19 into the city centre.

“As well as improving journey times and our built environment, work on our infrastructure helps attract more private sector investment.

“We now want to hear what everyone thinks of these plans for North Bridge Street. There are online forms, or you can see more at the public displays.

“The proposals for the road network north of the Wearmouth Bridge are about a more direct route into and out of the city centre.”

 

A budget of £4m has already been identified by Sunderland City Council for the project and work could begin in 2017 – subject to consultation. It could be completed before the Tall Ships event in 2018.

The council have identified a number of key benefits for the city including a more direct route into the city centre, reduction in travelling distance, reduced traffic and improved access and traffic flow.

There would also be minimal impact on those travelling on public transport, it is reported.

Public engagement is underway and comments can be made by feedback forms.

Plans are also on show at locations across the city and at www.sunderland.gov.uk/northbridgestreet.

Plans of the scheme are on display at Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Sunderland City Council Customer Service Centre on Fawcett Street and Bede’s Bakehouse at St Peter’s Church.

Comment forms can also be returned via dedicated boxes at each of these locations during normal opening hours.

The scheme plans can also be seen at Tesco Extra on Roker Retail Park but there is no dedicated box at this location to return comment forms.

Comments should be made by 5pm on Monday 25 January. Click here for more information.

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