Plans for new £9million road scheme in Sunderland

Members of the public are being urged to have their say on a new £9million road scheme for Sunderland.

Friday, 12th February 2021, 12:59 pm

Plans for the link, which will provide a vital connection between Ryhope and Doxford Park, have been shared ahead of a planning application to be submitted this spring.

The route that will run between a roundabout at Highclere Drive, Rushford, to the Cherry Knowles area of Ryhope.

The project, which is expected to commence in the autumn and take just over a year to complete, is part of a range of works to ensure the right infrastructure is in place as more homes are developed in the area as part of the South Sunderland Growth Area (SSGA).

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The route of the new road

It is being partly funded by the developers of SSGA as well as using part of a £25million grant the council secured from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government Housing Infrastructure Fund.

City council leader Coun Graeme Miller said the work would ensure Sunderland South was able to handle the growing number of people living there.

“SSGA is a key strategic priority for the council and is part of a wider plan to build thousands of high-quality new homes and sustainable new communities across the city,” he said/

“Ensuring that we have the right infrastructure in place to meet future needs is critical. This project will ensure that the city’s road network is capable of serving the traffic volumes we are likely to see moving between Doxford Park and Ryhope over the coming years.”

The new road will connect to Ryhope at the southern end of the village. Picture: Google Images

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The Ryhope Doxford Link Road (RDLR) will run along the southern boundary of the built-up area of Tunstall and Ryhope, linking Ryhope to the A19, Tunstall, and Doxford Park in the west, and Doxford Park to the Southern Radial Route in the south, and replacing the current route via Burdon Lane.

Coun Miller added: “We’re taking steps now that prepare for the future. Establishing new connections between communities, and ensuring people can travel safely through the city is critical as we grow and develop.”

Further details on the completion of the RDLR proposals can be found using the following link: and comments can be submitted to [email protected]

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