Tunnel Trenches Demand Child Safety Designs

Tyneside school children are being asked to get creative this summer to help ‘drive’ home safety messages for the New Tyne Crossing.

Winning entries will get their own taste of construction, thanks to free family passes courtesy of DIGGERLAND

As construction continues over the holidays, major excavations are taking place along the construction line of the second vehicle tunnel.

To ensure that young people are aware of just how important it is to stick to safety guidelines, the project has launched a competition to design new signage to help warn local people to stay safe by staying out of the site.

TT2 Managing Director, Trevor Jackson, said: "We've reached a key stage in the project, as main excavations for the cut and cover sections of the new tunnel are well underway. Once we've reached the full depth of the excavations along the route, we'll build the new vehicle tunnel at the bottom of the trenches we're digging and then backfill the excavation ready for landscaping.

"We're making great progress on the construction works and overall the programme's on target. To ensure that progress continues, we do have to carrying out major excavation works throughout the school summer holidays.

"It’s vital that young people understand that there are very real and serious risks associated with a construction site like this one. The site is not a playground and any person trying to enter the site who does not have permission to be there is playing a very dangerous game."

Trenches up to 25metres deep are being dug along the 2.6km route of the second vehicle tunnel, which will run between Jarrow and East Howdon.

In partnership with DIGGERLAND www.Diggerland.com, the New Tyne Crossing is asking for young people to design a safety poster to warn others of the dangers that lurk behind the site hoardings.

The winning entries will see their designs turned into real site notices that will be put up around the New Tyne Crossing construction site, as well as winning family days out at DIGGERLAND in County Durham, where construction site machinery can be enjoyed safely.

Entry Details:

The competition is open to school children from North and South Tyneside across three age categories:

Infants (up to 7 years old)
Juniors (up to 11 years old)
Seniors (up to 16 years old)

To enter the competition children should simply design a poster that they think highlights the dangers that are linked to the New Tyne Crossing construction site. The poster should be A4 sized and can be created in colour or black and white. It can include both images and text. Any words on the poster should be large enough to be read from a distance. Name, address, and age should be included on the back of the poster.

Prizes – there will be one winner selected from each age group. Each winning entrant will win a family pass to DIGGERLAND and a bag of art supplies. Runners up in each category will also win a bag of art supplies.

Closing date for entries is 30th September 2009

Applications should be sent to:
Communications and Partnering Team
TT2 Limited
Tyne Tunnels 2
Tyne and Wear
NE28 0PD

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