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HPR to design £260M Tyne tunnel

French-owned Bouygues Travaux Publics has appointed consultants HPR to design and manage the New Tyne Crossing.

One of the largest construction projects in the country, the New Tyne Crossing will deliver a second two-lane vehicle tunnel under the River Tyne to ease traffic congestion.

The existing tunnel will be refurbished to bring it up to modern safety standards. Construction costs are estimated at £260M.

HPR transportation and infrastructure sector leader Vardy Jones said: "The New Tyne Crossing will be pivotal to keeping traffic moving in the Tyne area in years to come and is at the heart of the region’s strategic approach to integrated transport.

"Delay is not an option, which is why we will focus on solid and detailed management to help deliver the Crossing on time and on budget.

"HPR's skills lie in making capital projects happen – from financial, regulatory and contractual management, to design and on the ground delivery. This integrated approach, together with our expertise in designing immersed tunnels and prior work with Bouygues, led to our appointment."

The brief will include:

- Design coordination and designing components of the scheme

- Managing regulatory approvals and consents for the scheme

- Design of highway works, the tunnel, cut and cover tunnel approaches, bridges and buildings

The new tunnel is expected to open in 2010 and the refurbished existing tunnel complete in late-2011.

The new tunnel will run under the River Tyne between East Howdon and Jarrow, and will complete the dualling of the A19 from its junction with the A1 in South East Northumberland to North Yorkshire.

Bouygues Travaux Publics, are the Design and Build contractor for TT2 Limited, the Concessionaire who were appointed by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority (TWPTA) for the project.

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