Official Opening of the second Tyne Tunnel by Her Majesty The Queen
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will return to the site of the Tyne Tunnels forty five years after opening the first vehicular Tyne Tunnel in 1967.
The organisations behind the New Tyne Crossing project are delighted that The Queen has kindly agreed to officially open the second vehicular Tyne Tunnel during a visit to the North East of England on Wednesday 18th July.
The Royal Party will visit the south side of the Tyne Tunnels, in Jarrow, where The Queen will start a wheelchair race, and meet designers and representatives of local communities, before planting a tree. The Royal party will then proceed to the north side of the tunnel and meet Tyne Tunnel staff before Her Majesty will give a speech and unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the tunnel.
The New Tyne Crossing project was initiated and promoted by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA).
Councillor David Wood, Chairman of the TWITA, said: “It is a great honour to welcome Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, to officially open the second Tyne Tunnel. Although both tunnels have been operational for a few months now, this formal opening ceremony completes the process and we are absolutely delighted that The Queen is able to perform this function, having opened the first road tunnel back in October 1967. We will witness history in the making once again at the Tyne Tunnels on the 18th of July.”
TT2 Limited is the Concessionaire appointed by the TWITA to deliver the project, and to operate the Tyne Tunnels under a thirty year concession.
Trevor Jackson, Managing Director of TT2, said: “This is a moment of immense pride for all of us fortunate enough to have been involved in this project. The New Tyne Crossing scheme has been a great success, completing ahead of schedule and transforming the daily lives of thousands of commuters. I am immensely proud that Her Majesty has agreed to officially open the second Tyne Tunnel – it really will be the jewel in the crown of the project’s highlights.”
TT2 appointed global tunnelling experts Bouygues Travaux Publics to carry out the design and build aspects of the New Tyne Crossing project. Nicolas Caille, Project Director for Bouygues Travaux Publics UK, said: “It is an unexpected delight to welcome Her Majesty to the Tyne Tunnels to see the work we have done. Thousands of people worked on the project, and I know that each and every one of them will share my pride when Her Majesty The Queen attends to officially open the new tunnel.”
The project has been delivered in partnership with North and South Tyneside Councils, who have proudly championed the scheme.
Please note there will be a short off-peak closure of the Tyne Tunnels in both directions during the visit (less than thirty minutes). Motorists are advised to use other routes in order to avoid delays.
Temporary local road closures around the south (Jarrow) junction of the Tyne Tunnels will also be in place from 9.30am. Signed diversions will be in place. Please allow more time for your journey.
Peak hour traffic (7am – 9am; 4.30pm – 6.30pm) via the Tyne Tunnel and local roads will NOT be affected by the event.