Tunnel operator up for national award

The Tyne Tunnel.
The Tyne Tunnel.

The company that operates the Tyne Tunnels has been shortlisted for a top award.

TT2 is in the running to be named operator of the year at the 2015 Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards.

The awards have had a record-breaking year, with more than 80 organisations entering, and the winners will be announced in December in London.

Rachel Turnbull, chief executive of the Howdon-based firm, said: “Since we opened the second Tyne Tunnel in 2011, we have seen traffic levels exceeding 50,000 vehicles per day, making use of the crossing for personal and business journeys.

“To be one of only three shortlisted organisations for this prestigious award is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the TT2 team, many of whom have worked at the Tyne Tunnels for 30 years or more.

“We are very proud to have reached this stage and look forward to competing for the award itself in December.”

New Civil Engineer’s editor Mark Hansford said: “This year’s finalists have all demonstrated how the international tunnelling industry has continued to drive innovation, improve safety.

“Picking our winners is a tough challenge and this year we are helped with a greatly expanded panel of judges representing clients, academia, consultants and contractors from across the globe.

“The winners will be truly exceptional.”