Tyne Tunnel staff clock up over 200 years’ service

From left, Mac Carr, Geoffrey Hunt, Ian Royal and Stuart Sutton.
From left, Mac Carr, Geoffrey Hunt, Ian Royal and Stuart Sutton.

Tyne Tunnel staff have clocked up a double century of loyal service.

Seven members of staff at tunnel operator TT2 Limited celebrate a combined 210 years of service this year.

Almost a quarter of our workforce has been working at the Tyne Tunnels for 30 years, and I believe few companies can boast such retention of great staff.

Rachel Turnbull

Tunnels officers Alan Carty, Karl Walters and Ian Hindson all started work at the site in 1985, as did shift controller Mac Carr, site supervisor Geoff Hunt, maintenance officer Paul Gracen and operations manager Stuart Sutton.

The seven clocking up three decades of service takes the number of staff at the tunnel to have 30 years under their belt into double figures, after three members of the team reached 30 years of service last year.

TT2 Ltd chief executive Rachel Turnbull said having 10 workers clocking up 300 years of service between them was a tribute to the tunnel as a place to work.

“The length of service our employees achieve is exceptional.

“Almost a quarter of our workforce has been working at the Tyne Tunnels for 30 years, and I believe few companies can boast such retention of great staff, “ she said.

“It’s believed by many that the days of a job for life are a thing of the past, but we have staff here who show that it is possible to remain in a business for the best part of your working life.

“This is something we are all very proud of and it reflects the way our staff feel valued and rewarded by their careers.”

Established in 2007 to become the concessionaire for the New Tyne Crossing project, TT2 Limited operates the Tyne Tunnels, including both road tunnels, as well as the pedestrian and cyclist tunnels.

TT2 Limited is a public private partnership company, delivering the Tyne Tunnels service and maintaining all four tunnels, which are owned by the North East Combined Authority.

Next month marks 10 years since the Government gave the go-ahead for the building of a second tunnel, to run alongside the original.

Construction started in spring 2008 and the new tunnel open to two-way traffic in February 2011, with the original tunnel then closing for a 10-month refurbishment.