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Bridges: River Wear

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received from Sunderland council on proposals to build a new bridge over the River Wear between Claxheugh and Castletown. (199709)

I met with the hon. Member for Houghton and Washington, East (Mr. Kemp) along with a delegation from Sunderland city council on 23 October 2007 to discuss a number of issues including the proposed Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor major local transport scheme. In addition, my officials met with officers at Sunderland city council on 4 April 2008 to discuss a number of issues relating to the business case for the proposed scheme.

Subject to officials receiving a response from the council on a number of outstanding matters, I hope to shortly be in a position to consider whether or not to grant initial programme entry for the scheme.