Tunnels given name change in honour of paralympians

The Micky Bushell Tunnel.
The Micky Bushell Tunnel.
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THE Tyne Tunnel has this week been renamed after a Paralympic gold medal winner who has competed in five of the tunnel’s wheelchair races.

As part of a campaign to celebrate the achievements of the Tyne Tunnel 2K wheelchair athletes, the southbound Tyne Tunnel has been renamed the ‘Mickey Bushell Tunnel’.

Mickey has competed in five Tyne Tunnel 2K wheelchair races, and this week took first place in the Men’s T53 100m final at the London 2012 Paralympics, earning a gold medal.

In honour of his achievements TT2, the Tyne Tunnel operator, has dedicated the vehicle tunnel to Mickey, who also took part in a showcase wheelchair race at the tunnels in July during the official opening of the new river crossing by the Queen.

TT2’s chief executive officer Rachel Turnbull, said: “Everyone at TT2 is so proud of Mickey, and we’re delighted to rename the southbound tunnel, for a short while at least, after him.

“It was a thrilling race to watch last night, and we’re so pleased for him.

“Mickey has gone out of his way to support the T2K wheelchair race over the years, so this is the least we can do in return.”

Tunnel dedications have also included athletes David Weir, Shelly Woods and Tanni Grey-Thompson.