Tunnel men are filled in on dock progress

27th March 2012

As redevelopment of the historic Tyne Dock in South Shields nears completion, the Port of Tyne invited two people instrumental to the project to view progress.

The filling in of the dock was made possible by recycling silt, clay and rock dredged from the River Tyne during the construction of the second Tyne vehicle tunnel. It has helped to create an additional 14 acres of operational land for the Port.

Paul Fenwick, New Tyne Crossing project director for the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority, and Trevor Jackson, managing director of TT2, were shown around the redeveloped dock by Brian Reeve, chief technical officer for the Port of Tyne.

Paul Fenwick said: “It is gratifying that the New Tyne Crossing is helping boost the regional economy through its role in the Tyne Dock redevelopment, as well as removing one of the UK’s worst traffic congestion blackspots.

“Supplying material for the dock infill was a perfect environmental solution that helped both the New Tyne Crossing and the Port of Tyne. It would not have been possible if the Transport Authority had lost a legal challenge in 2005 which wanted us to specify where the dredged material would be disposed of. The option of infilling Tyne Dock was not available to us then.”

Trevor Jackson said: “Our contractor partner Bouygues should be congratulated for seizing the opportunity to recycle 800,000 tonnes of dredged material, and for putting in place the technical solutions enabling its transfer to Tyne Dock via a dedicated pipeline. It saved more than 4,600 lorry movements through South Tyneside and the need to dispose of material at sea.

“The Port of Tyne is a major player in the North East economy and I’m delighted we have been able to contribute to its continuing success.”

Brian Reeve said: “This has been a complex and challenging engineering project which has lasted over 30 months and it almost at the state of completion.  The contract was environmentally win win and it was also the most cost effective way to dispose of the material.”

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Tunnel men are filled in on dock progress.