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Contractors under scrutiny over 'dangerous' Tyne mud

Residents in Tyne and Wear have claimed that they are being exposed to hazardous driving conditions due to the amount of mud obstructing roads around the second Tyne Tunnel scheme.

Following complaints from central Jarrow councillors and residents, project officials say they have decided to deploy additional equipment to clear up the muddy roads.

The matter was raised by Councillor Steve Harrison at a meeting of the Jarrow community area forum, which received an update on the £260 million tunnel scheme.

He said: “There is a large amount of mud on the roads around Chaytor Street, and some days it’s like a mud bath. It’s pretty dangerous.”

Paul Fenwick, project director of the New Tyne Crossing, said: “We are trying to keep on top of this problem and have mentioned this over and over again to contractors.

“We do have continuous monitoring of the situation and more equipment is being brought in to deal with it.”

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