The lone legal protester against the New Tyne Crossing has reached the end of the road this week.
Mr Bryan Atkinson of South Shields had his bid to appeal against his defeat in the High Court dismissed at a personal hearing in the Appeal Court.This means that plans to build a second vehicle tunnel under the River Tyne between North Tyneside and South Tyneside can continue.Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority chairman, David Wood, said: 'Mr Atkinson has used every legitimate means at his disposal to stop the New Tyne Crossing from going ahead and has failed at every stage.'The New Tyne Crossing is vital if we are to attract investment and create jobs in the Tyne and Wear conurbation. Few would argue that it makes any sense to have two miles of single carriageway in a 70 mile stretch of dual carriageway linking the principle areas of population in the North East of England.' 'The vast majority of people in Tyne and Wear including, most importantly, the majority of the communities that will be directly affected by construction, support the need for the New Tyne Crossing.'The second vehicle tunnel under the Tyne will link Jarrow and East Howdon. It is sponsored by Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority supported by the riparian local authorities in North Tyneside and South Tyneside.