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Preparations underway for first wheelchair race through new tunnel

Ahead of this year’s Tyne Tunnel 2K wheelchair race, the final preparations are underway to accommodate the first ever race through the new vehicle tunnel.

This world class athletic event, featuring London 2012 Paralympic hopefuls, will take place for the eleventh time at the Tyne Tunnels site this Friday (16th September). However, due to ongoing refurbishment works within the original 1967-built Tyne Tunnel, the 2011 Port of Tyne T2K will take place for the first time through the new road tunnel, commissioned in February this year as part of the £260M New Tyne Crossing project.

Trevor Jackson, managing director of TT2, said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting this year’s event. We’re making a few adjustments to accommodate the race through the new tunnel, not least due to the fact that the race will run southbound this year rather than north because of the gradients. The sharp descent at the start will guarantee another exciting night, and quite possibly the fastest ever T2K race!”

Tyne Tunnel tolls

VehicleCost
Motorbikes, disabled toll Free
Car, Van or Bus
< 3m high
and 2 axles
£1.70
LGV, Van or Bus
≥ 3m high or
3 axles or more
£3.30

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