What is the New Tyne Crossing?
The original vehicle Tyne Tunnel opened in 1967. It was designed for a daily traffic throughput of 24,000 vehicles, although in recent years it regularly served 38,000 customers per day.
In order to meet growing customer demands the previous tunnel operator, the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) proposed the development of a second vehicle tunnel.
TWITA put forward a plan to the Secretary of State for Transport that would revitalise travel across the Tyne. This plan is known as the New Tyne Crossing Project.
The New Tyne Crossing Project comprises:
- Construction of a second vehicle tunnel under the River Tyne (completed Feb 2011 )
- Full refurbishment of the existing vehicle tunnel (completed Nov 2011)
- Redesigned southern interchange at the entrance to the existing vehicle tunnel (completed Nov 2011)
- Development of a new tolls plaza on the new northern approach to the vehicle tunnel (completed Nov 2011)
TT2 was appointed in November 2007 as Concessionaire to design, build, part finance and operate the new vehicle tunnel and other developments associated with the New Tyne Crossing project, and to operate all Tyne Tunnels until 2037.
For further information please visit New Tyne Crossing Website