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Newly revealed Spence Associates' Wear Bridge may never be built

This leaked image shows Spence Associates’ never-before-seen New Wear Bridge – a design Sunderland Council has been trying to keep under wraps for the last three years.

The council kept the bridge out of the spotlight to avoid raising expectations while it awaited a government funding decision.

It looks increasingly unlikely that the council will ever build the bridge, as it now faces a battle against two cheaper alternatives, believed to be a basic beam bridge and a cable-stay bridge.

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