A19 New Tyne Crossing

Scheme outline

Construction of a second two-lane tunnel alongside the existing one at Jarrow. The new tunnel would take all southbound traffic, with the existing one converted to take all northbound traffic. This project would provide continuous dual carriageway from the A1(M) at Dishforth via Middlesbrough and Newcastle to the A1 at Wide Open.

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Other upgrade
for use by all traffic
Concession to TT2 Ltd.


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14 July 2005

The Government approves construction of the second tunnel. Construction is due to start within a year. June 2006

14 April 2008

Construction work begins on site, with the new tunnel expected to be open in 2010. The original road tunnel would then be closed for a year for refurbishment works.

24 December 2009

The BBC reports that dredging of a trench for the concrete tube has been completed.

2 July 2010

Civic leaders and MPs from both sides of the Tyne have met in the middle of the new tunnel. Major structural work is complete and the tunnel should open to traffic in February 2011.

26 February 2011

The new tunnel opened at midnight on 25 February. The old tunnel is now closed for 10 months for refurbishment.

21 November 2011

The refurbished tunnel has reopened two weeks ahead of schedule. Both tunnels are now in use for the first time.

7 January 2012

The road is complete and open to traffic.

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With thanks to Andrew Reidpath, Richard Kirkman, Ian Kerr, Stephen and Steve S for information on this page.