Tyne & Wear

River Wear bridge pylon completes sea crossing

Bridge pylon docking
Image caption The barge carrying the pylon docked at the Port of Sunderland

Part of a new road bridge being constructed over the River Wear has completed a two-day journey across the North Sea.

The three-span cable-stayed structure that will stretch between Castletown and Pallion is supported by a 115m (379ft) A-frame pylon.

This was manufactured on the continent and has been transported from the Port of Ghent in Belgium.

It travelled on a massive barge which docked at the Port of Sunderland.

Image copyright Sunderland City Council
Image caption The pylon is constructed from 1,000 tonnes of steel and 550 tonnes of concrete

Over the next few weeks it will travel up the River Wear to the site in Pallion, where it will be raised vertically into position.

The bridge is due to open in 2018

Image copyright Sunderland City Council
Image caption The new bridge will be twice the height of Gateshead's Millennium Bridge and taller than Big Ben

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