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Plans for a £60million dual carriageway to link Sunderland's new Wear Crossing into the city centre have been given the thumbs-up from residents.

The scheme - Phase 3 of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) linking the Port of Sunderland to the A19, Nissan and the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park - will see a dual carriageway run from the eastern end of the new bridge through Pallion, Deptford, and Farringdon Row to St Mary’s Boulevard.

Capita's Andy Both talks Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman through the plans

Capita's Andy Both talks Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman through the plans

Plans are on display at St Mark’s Community Association, in St Mark’s Terrace, Millfield, until 8pm this evening and between 12.30pm and 6pm tomorrow.

Details of the scheme will also be on display at the City Library in Fawcett Street from Monday.

Seventy-year-old David Fleming had made the journey from Seaburn to inspect the plans today.

"It is going to improve the traffic," he said.

David Fleming

David Fleming

"It all seems to be traffic light controlled and modern traffic lights are very sympathetic to the flow of traffic.

"I think it is going to be fantastic.

Kenneth Jenkinson, 82, from Millfield, was also impressed but hoped the needs of non-drivers would not be forgotten.

"I think there was an opportunity lost when they did St Mary's Way to get buses into the old leisure centre site," he said.

Kenneth Jenkinson

Kenneth Jenkinson

"Instead of being used to get cars out, it should have been used to get buses in. But it seems there is going to be a lot of consultation on this, to tro to sort that kind of thing out."

City council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman was at today's consultation session.

"This scheme is very important," he said.

"The economic momentum in the city in the last few years has been great, but we need to keep it going. We need to keep business coming into the city and more business means more traffic."

Tory group leader Coun Peter Wood urged people to make their views known.

"It's important as many people as possible take part in the consultation exercise so we get their views," he said.

"But the SSTC, the new bridge and the changes to the traffic network have the potential to make a tremendous contribution to Sunderland's economy, which everybody must welcome."

Millfield ward member Coun Iain Kay said the scheme was good news for the area: "It will almost be an economic superhighway for the city," he said.

"For Millfield to be at the centre of that can only be a good thing."