The article describes progress on the 54 km Tyneside metro system which will use existing BR track or rails laid alongside. Delays and a large increase in costs are causing concern for the local council, particularly as the government has a fixed price ceiling for the contract. Difficulties have arisen over the transfer of BR staff and the access to BR land for construction. However the twin 4.8 M diameter tunnels below the city centre are nearly complete. Problems encountered in the construction of the totally underground Monument station are described; it is estimated that completion will be delayed by about a year. Some delays were also experienced due to union action at Greensfield, where twin tunnels mainly in cut and cover, have been driven through a large maintenance shed and a marshalling yard. Accurate timing was essential as 10 weeks notice of track possession had to be given. Glacial deposits in the ground at this site required excavation with supported sides.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 32-35
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309932
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1981 12:00AM