VIDEO: making the new Wear Crossing a reality

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Today's announcement the Government is to make the new Wear crossing a national priority provides the perfect excuse to revisit this stunning video showing the building process from start to finish.

The first bridge to be built over the River Wear in Sunderland for more than 40 years has been included in the Government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which sets out its building priorities for the next five years.

Artist's impression of how the new Wear Crossing will look

Artist's impression of how the new Wear Crossing will look

The plans are underpinned by the Government’s commitment to invest more than £100billion in infrastructure between now and 2021 and brings together all of its infrastructure priorities.

Sunderland City Council Leader Coun Paul Watson said: "I’m glad Government has once again recognised the importance of this great project, not only for the people of Sunderland, but for the wider North East economy too, by including it in its latest national infrastructure plan.

"There is no doubt that this project meets each of the criteria set out in the plan. It will drive economic growth in the city, enhance the quality of life of residents, commuters and those who use public transport, and will give businesses a competitive edge."