In April 2007 a consortium comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics (Bouygues TP), HSBC Infrastructure Fund Management Limited (acting in its capacity as general partner for and on behalf of each of the limited partnerships constituting HSBC Infrastructure Fund II), and Bank of Scotland Corporate (part of the HBOS group) was appointed as Preferred Bidder to take forward the New Tyne Crossing project. The successful consortium set up a single purpose, UK-based Concession Company called TT2 Ltd (Tyne Tunnels 2) on 1st October 2007. TT2 was officially appointed as Concessionaire for the New Tyne Crossing in November 2007.
On 1st February 2008 the existing Tunnels, its service delivery and its entire workforce were transferred to TT2. To see the full history of the Tunnels, click here.
TT2 is responsible for the design, build, majority finance, and operation of the new vehicle tunnel, the full refurbishment of the existing vehicle tunnel, and operation of all Tyne Tunnels until 2037.
TT2 contracted Bouygues TP to undertake the design and build of the new Vehicle Tunnel which was completed in February 2011 and the refurbishment of the existing Tunnel completed in November 2011. Access to the Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels was improved with a strengthened emphasis on Public Transport links.
TT2 is committed to high standards of customer service. Our aim is to operate and manage the Tyne Tunnels in a safe, efficient, and cost effective manner.
Managing our environmental impacts
The environmental conditions provided to the customers using the Vehicle Tunnel are monitored continuously. Our sensors not only record the levels of Carbon Monoxide, the Oxides of Nitrogen and Visibility (the amount of smoke in the Tunnel), they also control our ventilation fans. We compare the performance achieved in our 1960s Tunnel to that which is required for newly built tunnels.
This essential actual performance is reported on bimonthly. Our performance consistently out performs the legally required standards and more than satisfies our Duty of Care to all service users.
Eco-Managment and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary scheme to help us improve our environmental performance. A revised EMAS was introduced in March 2001 and this incorporates ISO 14001 (an international standard which enables organisations to identify and minimise the impact of their operations on the environment and helps to promote continual improvement of environmental performance) as its Environmental Management System (EMS). This EMS allows us to manage our environmental risks and reduce our environmental impact.
A key feature of EMAS is communicating environmental information. We do this by producing an environmental statement, which reports on our environmental performance, and making it publicly available. It is a transparent, robust, credible way of demonstrating our environmental improvement. EMAS also provides an opportunity to demonstrate our compliance with environmental legislation, which is an integral part of the verification process.
Being a good neighbour
TT2 is proud to be a good neighbour to the communities living closest to the Tyne Tunnels site. The residents of East Howdon and Jarrow are regularly engaged with, and TT2 provides support to local community initiatives throughout the year. Several TT2 staff have been trained as Business Ambassadors by the Education Business Partnership for Newcastle and North Tyneside, and school talks and presentations are provided on a regular basis to students from across the region.
During the refurbishment of the TT2 offices a large amount of furniture was donated by TT2 to local organisations. Recycling this office furniture not only made environmental sense, but also provided valuable help to local charities and not-for-profit groups, such as Bede’s World in Jarrow, Walker Centre Football Club, and Newbiggin Heritage Partnership.
Saturday 20th August 1.00pm – 5.00pm
TT2 staff will be out at the Tyne Tunnel toll plaza with collection buckets, collecting spare change for our Charity of the Year, the Great North Children’s Hospital.
Previous toll plaza collections have helped us raise £1000s for charity, and we would like to thank our very generous customers who always give so kindly towards our Charity of the Year collections.
Charity of the Year 2011
TT2 is delighted to support the Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) during 2011, as our staff-nominated Charity of the Year.
The GNCH deliver children’s services across the whole of the Northern region, and receive referrals from many other hospitals, locally and nationally, who do not have the necessary expertise to treat complex conditions. They are renowned internationally for some of their services, one in particular is the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (often referred to as the “Bubble Unit”). It is one of only two in the country providing highly specialised care for children. You can read more about this worthwhile cause via the below link.
TT2 staff are raising funds for this worthy cause in a number of ways during 2011 including through participation in the Bupa Gateshead 10K run, the 5 Mile GNCH Walk in the Park, and the Bupa Great North Run.
Other fundraising events will be taking place during the year including a toll plaza charity collection on Saturday 20th August.
If you would like to support our efforts to bring in much needed funds for the GNCH please feel free to provide an online donation through our Just Giving page:
We are also happy to accept cheques or cash for our Charity of the Year. Cheques should be made payable to “TT2 Limited”, and contributions will then be transferred to our charity fund.
TT2 nominated “Cash for Kids” as its charity of the year for 2010. The charity exists to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children from the North East of England, and TT2 staff felt that this was a very worthy charity to focus fundraising efforts on.
During the year a variety of fundraising initiatives were undertaken, including collections at the toll booths. Thanks in part to the generosity of our customers TT2 staff were able to raise £10,000 for cash for Kids. many thanks to everyone who contributed.
Great North Run 2010
Several TT2 staff took to the streets for this year’s Great North Run. Following months of gruelling training , and a proactive sponsorship quest, the run saw seven weary but proud TT2 runners cross the finish line in South Shields, and more than £4000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.