Bridge centrepiece making its way to the Port of Sunderland

A 105m tall centrepiece to Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing project has left Belgium and is making its way to the city.

The A-frame pylon, which will stand 105m above the River Wear, left the Port of Ghent at 12.10pm today (Thursday) and is expected to arrive into Sunderland in two days’ time.

If sea conditions remain calm, as at present, Louis, the barge carrying the pylon, is expected to arrive in the north east late Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.

The pylon will form the centrepiece of the New Wear Crossing, which is on track to open in the spring of 2018.

Footage of the pylon leaving the Victor Buyck fabrication yard in Belgium and making its way to the Port of Ghent, followed by preparations for its journey across the North Sea, can be seen below.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, councillor Paul Watson, said: “The pylon is an impressive structure and is really the focal point of Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing project, so it’s exciting to know that it’s arriving in just a couple of days. I can’t wait to see it come through the piers into port.”

The new bridge will link Castletown to the north of the River Wear with Pallion to the south, and will have dual two-lane carriageways for vehicles, as well as dedicated cycle and pedestrian routes.

The bridge is being built on behalf of Sunderland City Council by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction, known as FVB Joint Venture. The transportation of the pylon is being carried out by Sarens, a world leader in heavy lifting and engineered transport.

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