The first road bridge on the Derwent is situated just upstream of the railway bridge and carries a dual carriageway. Linking the Metro Centre shopping malls and the Waterside commercial development to the east with Scotswood Bridge, Blaydon and the A1 trunk road to the west. The concrete structure was opened as part of a new riverside route to Dunston in 1992 and is very busy. Underneath are footpaths which run on either side of the Derwent and on the west side are new hotel and restaurant developments. A ferry existed a short distance upstream, perhaps pre-dating the railway bridge, although it is probable that the original wooden bridge did not have a footway attached.
In earlier times the river banks here were lined with industry: staiths, various metal industries like Raines, and Ellis/Huwood, with coke ovens, firebrick and bone manure works, lampblack and naptha manufacturing, a shovel maker, and a saw mill all existing at one time or another. The last to close were the staiths, closed in 1960, Ellis in the 1980s and the Raines Delta Works, closed in 1990. Now only a few commercial firms remain using the former Ellis site and the area is adjacent to the western Metro Park shopping units.