New Tyne Crossing bids arrive

Once the legal powers had been granted, TWITA began the process of finding a private sector partner to deliver the New Tyne Crossing.

The scheme was advertised across the European Union. Two consortia responded and, following the submission of tenders and ‘best and final offers’ the decision was made to appoint Bouygues Travaux Publics.

The company, one of the world’s largest construction companies, set up a special purpose company, TT2 Ltd, to deliver the New Tyne Crossing and to run the 30-year concession. The agreement between TWITA and TT2 was signed in November 2007.

Financial Close November 2007

With disruption to traffic expected throughout the construction works, TWITA decided to freeze tolls at £1.20 for cars until the project was complete.

Two community forums were set up on either side of the river to give local people a voice and involvement during construction. A Strategic Partnership Forum was also created so that issues and information could be shared with local communities, statutory bodies and other interested organisations.