GAZETTE readers are being offered the chance to snap up a bargain book to mark the second birthday of the £260m second Tyne Tunnel scheme.
The new vehicle tunnel, between Jarrow and Howdon, opened to traffic on November 21, 2011, banishing 40 years of traffic bottlenecks in the area.
Motorists across the region have seen journey times slashed and business opportunities have improved along the A19 since the landmark second tunnel opened.
Traffic volumes have grown by almost 30 per cent since the launch, while the new Tyne crossing remains free of the notorious traffic jams that once blighted the tunnels.
To celebrate the second anniversary of the launch, tunnel operator TT2 is offering the hardback illustrated book, The Tyne Tunnels, for a knock-down price.
Rachel Turnbull, TT2’s chief executive officer, said: “To celebrate the second anniversary of the two Tyne Tunnels, we have decided to offer a special gift.
“Until the New Year, the Tyne Tunnels book can be purchased for the special price of £5.99, representing a whopping £14 saving on the cover price of £20.
“We’ve received some lovely feedback about the book. Not only does it very simply explain how to build a tunnel under the Tyne, it also offers a trip down memory lane for anyone who watched the new vehicle tunnel being built.
“Looking at the people behind the project, and the community who supported it, as well as the big machinery that was needed to make the plans a reality, it has something for everyone.”
Copies of The Tyne Tunnels can be bought online via www.amazon.co.uk or from TT2’s offices in Berwick Street, North Tyneside, whose opening hours are Monday to Thursday, between 8.30am and 4.30pm and from 8.30am to 4pm on Fridays.
The office is closed at weekends.