Tunnel trio clock up 90 years work

(left to right): Anthony Harbison, Simon Maughan and Ron Henderson. Picture by Neil Denham.
(left to right): Anthony Harbison, Simon Maughan and Ron Henderson. Picture by Neil Denham.

A trio of staff are celebrating after working a combined 90 years between them at the Tyne tunnels.

TT2 Limited’s tunnel manager Ron Henderson marked his 30th anniversary in September while senior tunnels officer Simon Maughan and shift controller Anthony Harbison reach the milestone this month.

And they will be joined in the first half of 2015 by colleagues Allan Carty, Malcolm Carr and Karl Walters, taking the combined service to 180 years.

Ron said: “There is fantastic stability among the team here at TT2, and people have come from all sorts of backgrounds to build careers working on the Tyne tunnels.

“Personally, I came from the insurance industry and started as a toll collector and have never looked back.

“It says a lot about the job satisfaction here that among only six people we are clocking up 180 years of service.”

Rachel Turnbull, chief executive of TT2 Ltd, said: “The loyalty of the staff here is tremendous.

“As well as these six, we have Ian Royal, who has served at the Tunnels since 1981, adding a further 33 years to the total from only a handful of staff.

“During the last 30 years, there have been a lot of changes at the Tyne Tunnels, not least the introduction of the second road crossing, three years ago.

“Our team has been at the forefront of implementing technological developments which have created a high tech, fully automated service which provides a safer environment for the public, as well as for colleagues.

“Their experience, knowledge and dedication has been invaluable in ensuring a continuity of service to motorists using the Tunnels and their work, and that of their colleagues, is very important to the region’s transport infrastructure.”