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Last Updated: Friday, 17 September, 2004, 08:47 GMT 09:47 UK
No decision on second Tyne Tunnel
Tyne Tunnel. Picture courtesy of freefoto.com
The tunnel carries thousands of cars every day
Motorists and home owners on Tyneside are still waiting to hear whether the Deputy Prime Minister is to approve a second Tyne Tunnel.

A six-week inquiry, which heard evidence from supporters and opponents of a second crossing between Howden and Jarrow, ended in April 2003.

A report was sent to John Prescott, but no decision has yet been announced.

Paul Fenwick, the projects manager for the crossing, says it is a complex legal and technical issue.

He said: "The Secretary of State has to... make sure that should he confirm the order it is robust enough to operate during the life of the crossing.

"It is absolutely essential he gets things right."

'Over-optimistic'

He said that if the go-ahead was given, it would take three-and-a-half years for the whole process to be complete.

However, Paul Winch, co-ordinator with the Tyne Crossings Alliance, questioned the need for a second road tunnel.

He said: "Traffic reduction would be a better solution.

"But if people do want another crossing, many of us would support a rail crossing from North to South Shields, clearly it is technically feasible."

He also said he was concerned that the quoted cost of 139m was over-optimistic.



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SEE ALSO:
Tunnel drivers warned over rules
19 Feb 04  |  Tyne/Wear
Road changes raise Tunnel fears
24 Jul 03  |  Tyne/Wear
Tunnel inquiry nears conclusion
18 Apr 03  |  Tyne/Wear
Date set for tunnel inquiry
13 Dec 02  |  England


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