Dredging activity rescheduled to later in the year

In order to explore improved methods for dredging the bed of the Tyne as part of the New Tyne Crossing project, it has been decided to reschedule the dredging activity to later in the year.

The main dredge had been planned to occur before March and then to clean out the trench just before the river sections of the tunnel were placed. This rescheduling will avoid the need to have to come back to clean out the dredging trench and so cause less disturbance to the river ecology.

Trevor Jackson, Managing Director of project Concessionaire, TT2, said: “We are investigating an opportunity to carry out the dredging in a way that could bring significant benefits for the project, the local environment and the local economy. Although this reschedules the dredging to a later date in our programme of works, we do not expect this change to affect the completion date for the project.

Paul Fenwick, Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Authority Project Director, said: “TWPTA has always been keen to encourage solutions that help the local environment and economy.  If the contractor, Bouygues Travaux Publics, can use this opportunity to improve things this way then we applaud and encourage the effort.  Importantly TT2, Bouygues, and the TWPTA remain committed to completing the project on time for the benefit of tunnel users.”