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Sunderland transport corridor completes phase three

Esh Construction has marked the completion of Phase three of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC3).

The 2.4km dual carriageway was unveiled in an opening ceremony held yesterday, Wednesday, November 3.

Esh chief executive and executive director, Andy Radcliffe and Stephen Wilkie, along with SSTC3 project director, Steve Garrigan, joined the Leader of Sunderland City Council Cllr Graeme Miller on site to cut a ceremonial ribbon and watch the first vehicles travel the brand-new route.

The new road has been delivered by Esh Construction on behalf of Sunderland City Council. It forms part of the £70.8m investment by the council to establish a strategic public transport corridor which is aimed at connecting communities to the city centre and relieving congestion while also improving business links.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “The SSTC3 project is an important one for Sunderland, and a key infrastructure investment for the council, providing access to Sunderland City Centre for our communities and aiding community wealth.

“I am delighted to see it completed today and our plans for the future of the city take another step forward.”

The project itself was carried out to maximise opportunities for local companies and jobs through the supply chain to keep money in the city’s economy. The overall project saw £26m re-invested locally and the creation of 32 jobs, 19 of which were long-term unemployed people.

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