As construction of the second Tyne vehicle Tunnel nears completion, work is now underway to transform the landscape above it.
25,000 predominantly native trees including Birch, Cherries, Hawthorn and Oak have already been delivered to site for the first phase of tree planting, which will begin above the tunnel in North Tyneside in a landscaping campaign that will see community visions for the area brought to fruition.
Many thousand more trees, shrubs, bulbs and seeds remain to be planted along the site before landscaping is completed later next year.
New Tyne Crossing Concessionaire TT2 managing director Trevor Jackson said: “I hope the start of landscaping will be a clear signal to our patient communities and customers that, after several years of construction, we’re moving into the final phase of works.”
A major public consultation was undertaken last year to find out what people would like to see in the landscape master plan. Hundreds of comments were received and the final designs for the New Tyne Crossing sites north and south of the Tyne were based upon this public feedback.
Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority project director Paul Fenwick said: “The landscape is a one of the main legacies the project will leave to local communities, which is why it’s so important that it reflects the expectations of people living nearby. It’s very exciting to see the greening of the tunnel corridor underway.”
The landscaping works are being carried out by North East firm Brambledown, on behalf of main design and build contractor for the New Tyne Crossing Bouygues Travaux Publics UK.
Brambledown business manager Ian Johnson said: “Having installed much of the northern approach landscaping many years ago and recently undertaken the tree clearance works to make way for the new construction, we are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in the installation of the new landscape in the Tunnel corridor.”