Roadworks changes for Sunderland drivers from next week

The roadworks changes which come into effect from next Friday.

The roadworks changes which come into effect from next Friday.

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Roadworks in Pallion will move into a different phase from the end of next week.

The works, associated with construction of the new Wear crossing, will change from early morning on Friday, September 30.

The northbound lane of Pallion Subway, which is the short section of road between Merle Terrace and Pallion Junction, will be closed until the end of the year to enable essential utility diversions to continue.

Drivers heading northbound from Pallion, towards Pallion Junction, will be diverted along St Luke’s Road, and then onto European Way. The southbound lane of Pallion Subway will remain open to traffic, along with Merle Terrace, St Luke’s Road and the connecting side roads.

During this phase of works, four-way temporary traffic lights will be re-instated at Pallion Junction until the end of the year.

Throughout all of the works, local shops and businesses, including those at Pallion Retail Park, Pallion High Street, Pallion Quay and Pallion Industrial Estate, as well as Pallion Metro Station, will remain open as normal.

Major works in the Pallion Junction area are expected to be completed by early next year, with minor works continuing further into 2017.

On completion, there will be a four-way junction with traffic lights, which will allow traffic to connect to the new bridge when it opens in the spring of 2018.

City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: "The project team for Sunderland’s new bridge is making good progress, but as per the work schedule, roadworks will begin in Pallion again.

"It was nice to have a reprieve for a few weeks, but now the work must start again.

"We ask people to be patient and to drive carefully through roadworks in the city, particularly where lower speed limits are in place. They are there to protect all road-users, and those people working on the roads."

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 River 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, reducing congestion, regenerating areas along the river and creating jobs.

Stephen McCaffrey, Project Director for FVB joint venture, which has been appointed by Sunderland City Council to deliver the new bridge project, said: “As we are about to begin a new phase of roadworks in Pallion, we ask people to continue to bear with us. We appreciate roadworks can cause inconvenience and delays, so are grateful for the patience shown so far. We are doing everything we can to minimise disruption.”

To sign up to receive regular updates on the New Wear Crossing, email newwearcrossing@sunderland.gov.uk asking to be put on the distribution list.

For more information, go to http://www.newwearcrossing.co.uk, or call 0800 223 0379.