The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a multi-million pound investment, to help create thousands of manufacturing jobs and improve transport links on Wearside.
The Sunderland City Deal includes the development of a new International Advanced Manufacturing Park next to the Nissan site.
There will be £80m of government funding to build the long-awaited new bridge over the River Wear.
A Central Business District will also be developed on the site of the former Vaux Brewery in the city centre.
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