Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tunnel Hailed as Massive Boost

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tunnel Hailed as Massive Boost

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton and Jamie Diffley

The decision to give the second Tyne Tunnel the go-ahead was today greeted as a massive boost for the North East.

Transport bosses are now pressing ahead with the pounds 185m scheme, expected to create thousands of jobs when work starts next year.

Politicians and business leaders welcomed the decision after years of wrangling but families living near the tunnel remain divided.

As revealed in later editions of last night's Chronicle, the Department of Transport backed a second tunnel between Jarrow and East Howdon.

Tyne and Wear passenger transport authority expects tolls to rise to as much as pounds 2.15 by 2009 to help foot the bill for the link, which when both tunnels run together will more than double the traffic carried.

PTA chairman David Wood said: "Everything is ready to go. This is tremendous news."

He added: "But a project of this size and complexity cannot be built without having some impact on the lives of those who live close to it. We will do everything in our power to ensure the impact is kept to a minimum."

Commercial Road, Salem Street and High Street, all Jarrow, will be bulldozed to make way for the tunnel.

Donna Dunlop in High Street is waiting to be rehoused. The 29-year-old mum-of-four said: "I'm glad it's going ahead. I just want to move now."

Neighbour John Mclaren's home has been spared from demolition. The 67-year-old retired postman said: "When it's all finally finished it should be a massive benefit to the area."

In Howdon, residents said the new crossing would cut traffic snarl-ups and pollution from the tens of thousands of motorists converging from the East Howdon Bypass, A19 and Tyne View Terrace.

Dave Morris, 52, is landlord at The Wellington pub at the present Tyne Tunnel entrance. …

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