Appointments: Three new tunnel officers strengthen TT2

TT2 Ltd, the company which operates the Tyne Tunnels, has welcomed three new tunnel officers to its team

Daniel Patterson, back, with Jack Harbison and Karl Robson have been appointed tunnel offices by TT2 Ltd, the company which operates the Tyne Tunnels
Daniel Patterson, back, with Jack Harbison and Karl Robson have been appointed tunnel offices by TT2 Ltd, the company which operates the Tyne Tunnels

The appointments come as the company marks the third anniversary of the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel.

Alongside new team members Karl Robson, from Wallsend, and Jack Harbison, from Hebburn, Daniel Pattison, from South Shields, has been appointed to the role of tunnel officer, having spent two years training as part of a maintenance apprenticeship at the tunnels.

Tunnels officers are responsible for the supervision of traffic, customers and site activities within the Tyne Tunnels area.

The tunnels cater for around 50,000 journeys a day and benefit from a state-of-the-art safety system, which supports the work of the tunnel officers. The original vehicular Tyne Tunnel opened in 1967 and was designed for a daily throughput of 24,000 vehicles. However, prior to the opening of the second tunnel it was regularly serving as many as 38,000 customers per day. The road tunnels operate alongside the Tyne pedestrian tunnels.

Stuart Sutton, operations manager at TT2 Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Karl and Jack to the team, and to recognise the abilities Daniel has demonstrated during his apprenticeship, with a permanent role as a tunnel officer.

“As well as being a strong addition to the team, Daniel’s background as a maintenance apprentice means he has a diverse skill set which will benefit the organisation and the running of the Tyne tunnels.”

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