Tyne Tunnel Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Following the closure of the Tyne Tunnel this weekend to enable a road bridge above the A19 at the tunnel’s entrance to be demolished, tunnel bosses were delighted to reopen the tunnel to traffic five hours ahead of schedule.

image of bridge works
The existing Tyne Tunnel was closed on 5th and 6th June to enable an old road bridge, the original Howard Street Bridge in Jarrow (part of the A185 Jarrow Road) to be demolished. It was expected that the demolition works would require the tunnel to be closed until 11pm on Sunday evening.

However, main design and build contractor, Bouygues Travaux Publics, was able to complete the demolition works ahead of programme this weekend, enabling the tunnel to reopen to traffic at 6pm, five hours earlier than planned.

Trevor Jackson, Managing Director of TT2, said: “The demolition of the bridge went extremely well. A great deal of planning and preparation took place before the weekend to make sure everything went smoothly, and it really paid off.

“I would like to apologise to those motorists who were inconvenienced by the tunnel closure. We certainly are not in the habit of closing the tunnel to traffic but, unfortunately, on rare occasions this cannot be avoided. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the contractor, Bouygues Travaux Publics. It’s not often that construction work comes in ahead of programme, and I appreciate the efforts the team went to so that we could reopen the tunnel early and get traffic moving again.”

Once complete the south junction of the New Tyne Crossing will enable A19 traffic to flow unimpeded directly into and out of the vehicle tunnels, removing the bottleneck that currently exists there.