Tunnel bosses have been praised for their support of people with disabilities.
TT2 Limited, the company which manages the Tyne Tunnels, has been recognised as a partner to the Government’s Disability Confident campaign.
The organisation has a long-standing track record of supporting disabled employees, stakeholders and members of the wider community, which is acknowledged by the partnership.
It also gives continued support to the Tunnel 2K International Wheelchair Race, the world’s fastest wheelchair race, which is set to speed through the tunnels for the 15th year in 2016.
Rachel Turnbull, chief Executive of TT2 Limited, said: “TT2 Limited is committed to supporting people of all abilities, whatever their relationship with the business and with the Tyne Tunnels. Being a partner to Disability Confident is a great acknowledgement of the can-do and inclusive attitudes of all of the team
Matthew Ainsley, who has Down's Syndrome, is TT2’s Office Assistant and has been working with the business two days a week for the past three years.
He provides administrative support to the office co-ordinator, helping with a range of desk-based activities, including scanning, photocopying and labelling permit tags.
The job is Matthew’s first independent position and TT2 has supported him in the training required to become confident in travelling to and from work on public transport, no longer needing support and accompaniment from his carer.