Two Tyne Tunnels Coming Soon

19th November 2011

The £260M New Tyne Crossing is set to become fully operational next week, as refurbishment of the 1967-built road tunnel nears completion two weeks ahead of schedule.

After four years of construction, and more than ten years of planning, the organisations behind the project are delighted to offer North East motorists two vehicular Tyne Tunnels, to alleviate congestion at the UK’s fourth worst traffic blackspot. The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (the project promoter), TT2 (the project concessionaire), and Bouygues Travaux Publics UK (the main design and build contractor) are looking forward to seeing the vision of the New Tyne Crossing project becoming a reality, as northbound traffic transfers into the refurbished tunnel on Monday 21st November.
 
The New Tyne Crossing project saw a new vehicle tunnel come into use in February this year. At the same time the original road tunnel closed to traffic to begin a major refurbishment. The transformation of the original road tunnel has involved construction of a separate “clean air” escape passage for pedestrians, and installation of leading edge fire safety technology. The Tyne Tunnels are the first road tunnels in the UK to feature a Fixed Fire Suppression System, creating the safest tunnels in the country for motorists.
 
Main construction work for the second vehicle tunnel began in October 2008. It was built using immersed tube technology, and is only the third tunnel of its kind in the UK to be built using this technique. Both tunnels connect the A19 in East Howdon north of the Tyne with the A19 through Jarrow in the south.
 
Once both tunnels are up and running the refurbished tunnel will offer two lanes for northbound traffic, while the 2011-built tunnel will provide two lanes for southbound traffic.
 
The Tyne Tunnel has been the only section of the A19 between North Yorkshire and Northumberland to offer a single carriageway. Once both road tunnels at the site are operational the dualling of the A19 will be complete, offering motorists an easier journey through the region.

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