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Sunderland Area Developments - St Mary's Way, Vaux, New Wear Bridge etc
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Planning permission has been granted to merge St Mary's Way and Livingstone Road in Sunderland City Centre to create a new tree-lined boulevard. This will make this route much more attractive and far better equipped to deal with the increasing levels of traffic this road will face when the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor is completed as a part of the new Wear Bridge and route to the Port in the East End. It's also to "prime" the Vaux site to attract private development as a new business district for the City Centre. The council think that private companies may be put-off developing Vaux if they have to shoulder the cost of the road layout improvements themselves; so Sunderland City Council are footing the bill themselves instead.

The boulevard, and the new Magistrates's Square on the site of the current roundabout, will sever the road link currently used by buses to access The Londonderry Hotel and Sunderland Empire Theatre.

The routes of these buses will be permanently changed as they become realigned to the new boulevard. Stagecoach service 8 City Centre - South Hylton, Stagecoach service 20 City Centre - Pennywell, Stagecoach services E1/E2/E6 South Shields - Sunderland; plus Go North East's X3, 9, 36 & 56 en-route to Park Lane Interchange. NexusBus 135/136 and Sunderland Connect 700 will also be diverted to travel along the full length of the new boulevard (701 doesn't currently serve Sunderland Empire Theatre / Londonderry Hotel anyway).

A dedicated bus lane will be included in the westbound direction, and will be served by routes 8, 20, E1/E2/E6, X3, 9, 36, 56 & 135. Only services 136 and 700/701 will travel in the eastbound direction, but these routes will still benefit from a dedicated bus bay and shelter.

For interest, I've enclosed a links to some images and a couple of site plans available from Sunderland City Council.

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6818

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/Planning/St...nt=obj.pdf

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/Planning/St...nt=obj.pdf

Advanced utility works are scheduled to start week commencing 14 January 2013. Details of the successful bidder to complete the works will be made in Spring 2013, with work on the new road starting in the summer. I'm led to believe that work on the new Magistrate's Square is supposed to start in Spring 2014 once the new boulevard opens, if my memory serves right.
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#2
Its a great idea, The road will be much better and have better access to top of the bridges (Primark) and to the vaux site, it looks great, what does it mean by utility works?

it looks like the road will be pushed out.
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#3
I think it's stuff like electricity, water, gas, sewer pipes/manholes that kind of thing. All has to be moved I guess... Smile

I agree, it will be tonnes better! Big Grin
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#4
(03/01/2013, 23:25)Brandon Wrote: I think it's stuff like electricity, water, gas, sewer pipes/manholes that kind of thing. All has to be moved I guess... Smile

ah right cheers, should be nice when its done, wonder how the road system will work once work starts on the road.

Lets hope the work on Fawcett street and that get done to
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#5
Fawcett Street - is this what you mean?

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/busin...-1-5151325

I can't remember if planning permission got granted for this or not. I hope it does. This should help reduce bus congestion a lot at the bottom of Fawcett Street, but I think the 12 will still have to stop there because it terminates on Fawcett Street and does the loop back around to Holmeside. I can't see why these works would cost £1 million though!

There were other plans to pedestrianise Fawcett Street a couple of years ago, heard nothing more about that idea though - http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local...-1-1110739
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(03/01/2013, 23:41)Brandon Wrote: Fawcett Street - is this what you mean?

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/busin...-1-5151325

I can't remember if planning permission got granted for this or not. I hope it does. This should help reduce bus congestion a lot at the bottom of Fawcett Street, but I think the 12 will still have to stop there because it terminates on Fawcett Street and does the loop back around to Holmeside. I can't see why these works would cost £1 million though!

There were other plans to pedestrianise Fawcett Street a couple of years ago, heard nothing more about that idea though - http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local...-1-1110739

Hmm i don't renember if it was granted or not but its a good idea, its best really if the 5/5A/10/11/39/42 all go straight down on to borough road, i think it is, where the 5/5A/10/11/18 or 19/39/42 come up towards Homeside
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(03/01/2013, 23:41)Brandon Wrote: Fawcett Street - is this what you mean?

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/busin...-1-5151325

I can't remember if planning permission got granted for this or not. I hope it does. This should help reduce bus congestion a lot at the bottom of Fawcett Street, but I think the 12 will still have to stop there because it terminates on Fawcett Street and does the loop back around to Holmeside. I can't see why these works would cost £1 million though!

There were other plans to pedestrianise Fawcett Street a couple of years ago, heard nothing more about that idea though - http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local...-1-1110739

The council are going to be sending the buses all the way up Fawcett Street then onto the bridge (but not anytime soon though), I think there will be doing that when there re organise the layout at Wearmouth bridge entrance, as there be taking the dreadful roundabout away and putting in traffic lights control instead, there was a map somewhere showing the diagram of the lighting system that there propose to put in, and there was also a map about taking away the roundabout at St Michaels way and Livingstone road, there should do something about the tiny roundabout at bottom of Hylton Road, there should take it away and have it traffic light control and widen the road at each end, and there could use some of the land next to Silksworth Row for widening the road better, so it would be better for the flow of traffic coming from the new bridge into city centre.
I'm in favour of Bus Bill 
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#8
I uploaded a map of those junction improvements to the skyscraper city forums earlier this year - I'll try and find it again and upload it here. Smile



The page I linked to in that forum can no longer be found. Fortunately, the same document has been saved under a slightly different URL though still not easy to find by any means. The PDF is too large to upload - so here's the link:

http://www.newsunderlandbridge.com/page-...ds/6-6.pdf

The new junction plans can be found on Pages 23-25 of 59 of the main report.

Road plans of the new bridge and associated link roads can be found from Page 4 of 42 of this report:

http://www.newsunderlandbridge.com/page-...s/6-14.pdf
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#9
I like the lay out for the roundabout to be taking up at the start of the bridge and changed to just traffic lights, think this would work but can u imagine the delays when the work is happening =(

i like the idea of buses being able to go straight down instead of going past the cinema, wasn't it like that years ago?
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#10
I know, the traffic would be horrendous during those works.

Fawcett Street was the route of the old A19 so had two-way traffic and opened directly onto the bridge. A few photos here all by Malcolm Fraser:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26081643@N05/6092667629/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26081643@N05/5855631225/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26081643@N05/5645847036/

And a photo by cbma06 - [attachment=1508]

A lot different now! It would be such an improvement to have buses operating directly on to the bridge again from Fawcett Street.

About the new bridge and SSTC - I particularly like this bit:

"Public transport priority measures are proposed, including upgrading the existing ‘at-grade four arm roundabout’ on the A1231 Wessington Way, to a four-way signalised junction with bus priority measures to improve journey times.

The new crossing would also provide the facility for a new rapid centre to centre bus service between Washington and Sunderland; and should street running trams be part of future transport provision, the bridge deck has been designed to accommodate such loadings.

The Project also includes proposals to upgrade the existing signalised roundabout to the south of the Wearmouth Bridge (St Mary’s Way/ Wear St/ Bridge St junction) to enable two-way bus movements along Bridge Street. This is currently a key route for buses and is restricted to southbound only. Northbound buses currently have to take a circuitous route to the Wearmouth Bridge via Bedford Street and Wear Street.

The redistribution of traffic from the existing crossings to the New Wear Crossing and the surrounding network could facilitate the future introduction of bus lanes on the Wearmouth Bridge."
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