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People in Sunderland cross Northern Spire for first time

Northern Spire Photo: ITV

People in Sunderland have had their first chance to walk across the city's new bridge without traffic.

Pedestrians have access to the Northern Spire from midday until 8pm on August 28.

The bridge opens to traffic on August 29, when three Sunderland-built Nissan cars will be the first to drive across it.

More than 2,000 people have worked on building Northern Spire during the last three years, clocking up a million work-hours.

The bridge has a 105m central A-framed pylon and is the tallest structure in the North East. It will reduce congestion in the city, open up land for regeneration along the river, improve links between the A19 and Sunderland city centre and Port of Sunderland, whilst also boosting the economy and helping to create 6,000 jobs.