Next stage of new Wear crossing underway

The A-frame of the new Sunderland Bridge is being raised into position

The operation to begin lifting the new A-frame structure into position started this morning.

The 100m centrepiece, which will form the focal point of the New Wear Crossing, arrived on Wearside last month from Belgium.

It is made up of over 1 thousand tonnes of steel and 550 tonnes of concrete.

It will be the first time anything of this size has been raised in this way since the London Eye was lifted in 1999.

We visited the banks of the River Wear this morning to see the beginning of the challenging procedure, which is said to take at least 24 hours to complete.

“This is another highly visible sign of the recent regeneration of Sunderland and part of the £1.5 billion investment which is currently being invested in the City. The New Wear Crossing followed by the Strategic Transport Corridor should improve transport links and bring economic benefits to the city

“It should also provide better interconnectivity for taxis between the north and the south side of the river which will benefit our customers.”

Station Taxis Managing Director, Trevor Hines

The bridge is due to be complete by Spring 2018.