Building Bridges

The final 100 metre centrepiece of Sunderland’s new River Wear crossing was gradually lifted into place in Sunderland on Friday. The £117 million landmark development by FVB joint Venture is the first new bridge to be built over the River Wear in Sunderland in over four decades. The bridge, which will rise to 105 metres, will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus dedicated cycleways and footpaths along its length.

It will be twice the height of Nelson’s Column, and bigger than Big Ben. The new crossing will improve traffic flow across the city from the A19 road through to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland and it is hoped that it will also create opportunities for regeneration and investment along the river bank.

The work continues on Saturday to lift the centrepiece into the fully upright position and the bridge is due to be complete in the spring of 2018.

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2016 Sunderland International Air Show

Thousands of people attended the 28th Sunderland International Air Show on July 23, 2016 in Sunderland, England. On and above the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England it is the largest free air show in Europe. The spectators are entertained by an impressive display of aircraft from across the world along with a simulated beach assault where Royal Marines Commandos assaulted from landing craft launched from HMS Bulwark and attacking an enemy position, simulated by the Army on the beach. The show is held over three days.

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Some of the pictures from the day also ran here Daily Mail and here Northern Echo

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Sunderland International Air Show – 2015

Running over three days on and above the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England the Sunderland International Air show is the largest free airshow in Europe and brings together an impressive display of aircraft from across the world to entertain the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the annual event.

Below are a few pictures from when I went along on Saturday…

 

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Sunderland International Air Show

Thousands of spectators gather on the seafront of Roker and Seaburn for the 26th Sunderland International Airshow. The annual event is the world’s biggest free airshow and features stunning aerial displays by a variety of civilian and military aircraft including the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

 

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