New Tyne Crossing
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Client: Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Design
A new tunnel under the Tyne River in Newcastle upon Tyne will improve mobility and is expected to spur economic development in the region. The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority is building a second vehicular tunnel that will double the capacity of the existing Tyne Tunnel, built in 1967. When the new tunnel was completed and opened to traffic in February 2011, the existing Tyne Tunnel was closed for extensive reconstruction before reopening in November 2011. The completed New Tyne Crossing takes the busy A19 highway under the Tyne River between East Howden and Jarrow, with two lanes southbound through one tunnel and two lanes northbound through the other.
A concessionaire known as TT2 (Tyne Tunnel 2) Limited developed the new tunnel and all associated toll plazas, interchanges and highway segments under a 30-year design-build-finance-operate-maintain concession financed through a public-private partnership. Parsons Brinckerhoff was one of three main designers to the contractor, Bouygues Travaux Publics. Parsons Brinckerhoff was responsible for leading the approvals and consents and environmental coordination for the project, and was also responsible for design of the southern approach tunnel and refurbishments to the existing tunnel.