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Tyne tunnels become fully operational today

The two Tyne tunnels have been fully opened to traffic today as northbound traffic moves into the refurbished tunnel.

The £260M project to connect the A19 in East Howdon, north of the Tyne, with the A19 through Jarrow in the south involved the four year construction of a new tunnel which opened in February, along with the refurbishment of the original 1967 tunnel to bring it in line with new safety standards.

Work on the old tunnel involved the construction of a separate “clean air” escape passage for pedestrians, and installation of edge fire safety technology. The two tunnels are the first road tunnels in the UK to feature a Fixed Fire Suppression System.

Now that the project is complete, the refurbished 1967 tunnel will offer two lanes for northbound traffic, while the 2011-built tunnel will provide two lanes for southbound traffic. Bouygues Travaux Publics UK was the main design and build contractor on the project.

 

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