Sunderland City Council unveils brewery site revamp

Remodelling of St Mary's Way
Image caption Remodelling St Mary's Way will cost £13.4m

Plans to redevelop a former brewery site in Sunderland including building a new road have been unveiled.

The city council bought the 26-acre Vaux site in 2011, and is planning to turn it into a business district.

The first stage of the revamp will cost £13.4m and will involve building a new road to ease traffic flow.

The plan also involves remodelling St Mary's Way and Livingstone Road into a boulevard design subject to planning permission, the council said.

A council spokesman said: "The new road is designed to simplify traffic flow and improve the connection between Vaux, the city centre and the rest of Sunderland.

"The boulevard design would provide wider footways, a tree planted central reservation and a dedicated bus lane.

"Realignment of St Mary's Way would also free up space to create a high quality pedestrianised public area, suitable for events or public gatherings."

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