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Home bulldozed for new Tyne link
Tyne Tunnel. Picture courtesy of freefoto.com
A French firm is the preferred bidder for the scheme
The demolition of a former nursing home has begun, making way for a new crossing under the River Tyne.

Bulldozers have moved in to knock down the Grange Nursing Home in Jarrow, South Tyneside, as it stands in the way of the planned second Tyne Tunnel.

Work on the 140m new route, running alongside the current tunnel, is expected to start next spring.

French firm Bouygues was confirmed as the preferred bidder for the 185m project earlier this year.

Councillor Paul Waggott, leader of South Tyneside Council, said he was excited preparation work had begun.

'Transformation plan'

He said: "This is major step forward for the new Tyne Crossing.

"We've been waiting a long time and it's good to see that progress is being made and things are finally starting to happen in the area.

"By 2011, this project will complement our transformation plans for the borough and greatly enhance the landscape in this part of the town."

The new tunnel will run under the River Tyne between East Howdon and Jarrow, and would complete the dualling of the A19 from its junction with the A1 in south-east Northumberland to North Yorkshire.




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