Tyne Tunnel weekend closure won’t be needed

TYNE TUNNEL ... will be open as normal this weekend, after contractors finished repairs in half the expected time.
TYNE TUNNEL ... will be open as normal this weekend, after contractors finished repairs in half the expected time.

THERE was good news for motorists today as it was revealed that a second weekend of closures planned for the northbound Tyne Tunnel won’t be necessary after contractors finished the work in double-quick time.

Traffic management had originally been planned for two weekend closures of the tunnel, the second of which was to be April 24 to 26.

This will now no longer be necessary and both Tyne Tunnels will operate as normal.

A contraflow system was in operation at the weekend, with traffic in both directions using the southbound tunnel, while repairs were carried out to equipment damaged by a large goods vehicle.

Tunnel operations manager Stuart Sutton said: “The work has been completed in one weekend, rather than the expected two, meaning the single lane contraflow will not now be necessary this weekend and both tunnels will be open as normal.

“Work had been scheduled to take place at times when the average traffic flow was 50 per cent of peak levels.

“This is great news for motorists using the A19, and we thank those who used the tunnel over the course of the past weekend for their patience.”