REMINDER – Tyne Tunnel Closed This Weekend
An unavoidable closure of the Tyne vehicle Tunnel will take place this weekend to enable essential construction works to be carried out at the south junction of the New Tyne Crossing.
From 05.00 hours on Saturday 5th June until 23.00 hours on Sunday 6th June 2010 the existing Tyne Tunnel will be completely closed to all traffic as a bridge above the mouth of the tunnel in Jarrow is demolished.
It is vital that the road bridge is removed so that the design and build contractor for the second vehicle tunnel under the Tyne, Bouygues Travaux Publics, can complete construction works around the south junction of the new crossing.
It will be impossible for traffic to pass the demolition site due to machinery and bridge debris on the carriageway. Therefore a full tunnel closure is unavoidable.
Trevor Jackson, Managing Director of Tyne Tunnel Concessionaire TT2, said: “Last summer we were forced to close the tunnel for a full weekend so that two new road bridges could be built over the A19, at the south junction. That work was a great success and we were delighted to be able to reopen the tunnel hours ahead of schedule. It is regrettable that we have no option but to close the tunnel again to enable the demolition works to take place. However, we will do all we can to minimise disruption to motorists during this temporary closure”
Paul Fenwick, Project Director for the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, the promoter of the scheme, said: “I am confident that the tunnel closure this weekend will go as smoothly as it did last July. Road signs will be put in place around the region to forewarn drivers that the tunnel is closed and whilst I appreciate that this may be inconvenient for some, I hope that disruption is kept to a minimum.
“Once the old Howard Street Bridge has been completely removed, Bouygues Travaux Publics will be able to make real progress in completing the south junction of the New Tyne Crossing”
Drivers unable to use the Tyne Tunnel during the weekend of 5th – 6th June are advised to use the Tyne Bridge or A1 Western Bypass during the closure.
The new Howard Street Bridge (part of the A185) and the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels will remain open throughout the weekend.
From 23.00hours on Sunday 6th June normal operations will resume at the Tyne Tunnel and it will be business as usual.
Motorists can obtain further information via the project website
www.newtynecrossing.info or from the 24 hour helpline on 0191 262 4451