Major new road link drives ahead

Plans for a £9million road link, that will provide a vital connection between Ryhope and Doxford Park, will be shared with the public ahead of a planning application set to be submitted this spring.

A new road link that will run between a roundabout at Highclere Drive, Rushford, to the Cherry Knowles area of Ryhope, will ensure that residents in Sunderland South can easily access Doxford Park and the A19.

The complex development project, which is expected to commence in the autumn and will take just over a year to complete, is part of a range of works planned to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place as more homes are developed in the South Sunderland Growth Area (SSGA). 

The project is being partly funded by the developers of SSGA as well as using part of a £25million grant the council secured from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said that the work will ensure that the rapidly advancing development programme in Sunderland South is well-supported with infrastructure able to handle the growing number of people living there. 

He said: “SSGA is a key strategic priority for the council and is part of a wider plan to build thousands of high-quality new homes and sustainable new communities across the city.

“Ensuring that we have the right infrastructure in place to meet future needs is critical.  This project will ensure that the city’s road network is capable of serving the traffic volumes we are likely to see moving between Doxford Park and Ryhope over the coming years.”

The Ryhope Doxford Link Road (RDLR) will run along the southern boundary of the built-up area of Tunstall and Ryhope. It will link Ryhope to the A19,  Tunstall, and Doxford Park in the west, and link Doxford Park to the Southern Radial Route which provides enhanced access from the city centre to the A19 in the south. 

It will replace a commonly used route through Burdon Lane, which will be downgraded to a bridleway between the junction with Nettles Lane and the area adjacent to the Woodham Drive housing estate.  Completion of RDLR will alleviate traffic on the neighbouring roads including the Hope Road and Burdon Lane.  

Cllr Miller added: “We’re taking steps now that prepare for the future.  Establishing new connections between communities, and ensuring people can travel safely through the city is critical as we grow and develop.”

Further details on the completion of the RDLR proposals can be found using the following link. and comments can be submitted to