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Sunderland

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Sunderland
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County
Durham
Highway Authority
Sunderland
Forward Destination on
A19, A184, A690, A1018, A1231
Next Primary Destinations
Durham • Gateshead • Hartlepool • South Shields • Stockton-on-Tees • Tyne Tunnel
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Newcastle • Tynemouth • Teesside
Places related to the A19
Places related to the A184
Places related to the A690
Places related to the A1018
Places related to the A1231
This article is about the city proper.
For the largerHighway Authority, see Sunderland Council
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Sunderland is a city in North East England, located at the mouth of the River Wear in the historic county of County Durham. After originating as three separate settlements - namely Sunderland, Monkwearmouth and Bishopwearmouth - Sunderland grew significantly during the industrial revolution, becoming a major hub for shipbuilding and glassmaking. It was awarded city status in 1992 and remains an important regional centre, despite the departure of much of its industry.

As a major city by the sea, Sunderland is served by a number of radial routes including the A19 which bypasses it to the west (opened in stages 1972 - 1974). The city is bisected by the River Wear, but unlike nearby Newcastle upon Tyne it has very few bridges - only three between the A19 and the sea. The third, Northern Spire was opened to traffic on 29 August 2018 and carried the diverted A1231 to the south bank.

It was phase 2 of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor project to connect the City Centre and Port to A19. Phase 1 had been improvements to transform St Mary's Way into St Mary's Boulevard and work was completed in May 2015.

Phase 3 was the 1.5 mile dual carriageway from Woodbine Terrace to Deptford Terrace (for Trimdon Street) opened on 3 November 2021, and connecting the Northern Spire Bridge to the City.

Routes

Route To Notes

A19

Teesside

A19

Tyne Tunnel

A184

Gateshead, Newcastle Non Primary to Boldon

A690

Durham

A1018

Teesside (A19)

A1018

South Shields

A1231

Washington, A1

A183

Whitburn, South Shields

A183

Chester-le-Street

B1286

B1287

Seaham

B1291

Seaburn

B1293

Port of Sunderland

B1294

B1405

Ring road

B1522

Ryhope






Sunderland
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Geograph-2436432-by-Alexander-P-Kapp.jpgA19 Road Bridge over the River Wear - Geograph - 1665042.jpgQueen Alexandra Bridge - Geograph - 87551.jpgA19 road sign - Geograph - 199710.jpgTunstall Road approaching roundabout - Geograph - 3220732.jpg
Places in North East England
Major CitiesDurham • Newcastle upon Tyne • Sunderland
Primary DestinationsAlnwick • Ashington • Berwick-upon-Tweed • Bishop Auckland • Consett • Corbridge • Darlington • Gateshead • Hartlepool • Hexham • Morpeth • South Shields • Stockton • Teesside • Tynemouth • Tyne Tunnel
Other PlacesChester-le-Street • Guisborough • Newcastle Airport • Redcar • Teesport • Washington


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