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Arup appointed to Tyne Tunnel work

Arup has been appointed technical advisor for New Tyne Crossing New tunnel running between North and South Tyneside.

The firm has been appointed by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority for the work which will see the existing Tyne Tunnel double in capacity by introducing a new 1.6 km tunnel, including a four hundred meter immersed tube tunnel.

The new tunnel, which will sit to the east of the existing tunnel, will carry two lanes of southbound traffic while the existing tunnel will be converted to carry two lanes of traffic travelling northbound.

Arup project director Nigel Hailey said: "Having worked with the TWPTA for the last eight years to develop designs for the crossing and to help procure a concessionaire for the £350M project, we are delighted that Arup will continue to work on the scheme as technical advisor during the construction phase."

Construction of the New Tyne Crossing is scheduled to begin next spring and take four years.