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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Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be visiting the region, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions.
Enquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for information after the incident.
South Tyneside Council say despite its financial pressures, it is committed to regeneration, economic growth and job creation in the borough