WATCH: Stunning animation shows how Wear Crossing will be built

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Have your say

Here's a look at how the new Wear Crossing will become a reality.

The project team has produced a video animation of the three-year bridge-building process, from start to finish.

The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion.

It is the first bridge to be built over the Wear in Sunderland for more than 40 years and is part of the wider strategic transport plan to link the Port of Sunderland and city centre with the A19.

We’ve joined forces with Sunderland City Council to give the people of Sunderland a role in deciding what the new Wear Crossing should be called.

The process will involve two phases – the first to choose a theme and the second to come up with the name itself.

Work under way on the cofferdam in the Wear

Work under way on the cofferdam in the Wear

The themes for selection are:

• History and heritage - Sunderland has a history to be proud of.

Major industries and local heroes put Sunderland on the map, whether it was saints, soldiers, ship building, mining, glass making or inventors.

Should the name of the bridge reflect our past achievements?

• Features, appearance or location of the bridge – The bridge will be a new landmark for Sunderland.

Should the name reference its striking design or height?

Should it include the name of our city? Should it reference our river and coastline?

• Forward thinking/aspirational – The bridge is a bold statement about the ambition of the city, and the commitment to making improvements, which will bring new developments, investments and jobs.

Should the name reflect our plans and hopes for the future, the pride of residents and our innovative approach?

• Your own suggestion – Please let us know any other suggestions for a theme for the name, with a short explanation.

Phase 2 of the consultation will take place in the summer, when people will be asked to select from a shortlist on the chosen theme.

The final name will then be announced towards the end of 2016, to coincide with the bridge pylon being lifted into place.

History and heritage is leading the on-line vote so far, but there's still time to have your say.

Vote online HERE or send your suggestions to Bridge Naming Consultation, Rm 3.105, Civic Centre, Sunderland, SR2 7DN. Voting is open until March 23.