We are forewarning drivers of an upcoming temporary tunnel closure to allow for maintenance and an emergency training exercise to be carried out.
From around 10pm on Friday 24 November to 5am on Monday 27 November, the northbound tunnel will be closed, with the southbound tunnel acting as bi-directional – meaning there will be one lane going in each direction, instead of the usual two.
Maintenance on the northbound tunnel will take place from Friday evening through until Sunday when a practice emergency drill involving TT2, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service, Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue and the local authorities will take place.
The training session will simulate a real-life critical incident and involve emergency service vehicles.
Chief Operating Officer at TT2, Shaun Simmons, said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the partial tunnel closure. Maintenance is essential and we will make sure we complete the work as quickly as possible.
“The emergency incident training exercise is something we carry out every so often to ensure TT2 and all the emergency services are well-prepared in the event of a major incident. We are asking those travelling via the bi-directional southbound tunnel to not be alarmed by the emergency vehicle lights and sirens on Sunday 26 November.”