Westbound lane of new St Mary’s Boulevard opens in Sunderland

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TRAFFIC will be moving in both directions on Sunderland’s St Mary’s Boulevard from today.

The westbound section of the road is now open, in time for the extra traffic expected for tomorrow’s One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light.

There will still be some temporary lane closures in place from time to time to allow work to continue on the permanent road surface.

Contractors Balfour Beatty can now start work in earnest on the development at the top of High Street West, which will be a new public square.

The whole scheme is expected to be finished by winter.