1. ITV Report

Sunderland to get new bridge over Wear

The River Wear Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

The Government has granted Sunderland £80m to help it build a new bridge over the Wear, after the city has spent more than 50 years campaigning for one.

The dual-carriageway bridge will ease congestion on the A1231, by offering a route into the West of the city via Pallion.

The council confirmed that the bridge would have a completely new design, and would not use the daring 'elephant tusk masts' associated with the last proposal.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "The people of Sunderland are now going to get something that they have wanted for 100 years and have been campaigning about for 50 years, thanks to the work of officers and this council."

"This is a major achievement that has been delivered against the odds as Central Government has been cutting its spending."

"We're going to be delivering this bridge, and have got the money for this bridge, and at a time of recession."