Tyne Tunnels

The Tyne Tunnels are synonymous with the North East and are made up of two traffic tunnels and the pedestrian and cyclist tunnels which run under the River Tyne.

The Tyne Tunnels are jointly owned by the five Tyne and Wear councils. Through the region’s joint transport arrangements, the interests of the local authorities are represented and administered by the North East Combined Authority.

The Tyne Tunnels receive no government or local funding, and costs are fully met by toll charges from the road tunnels.

TT2 Ltd as Concessionaire is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of both the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels and the two Tyne Road Tunnels, while the North East Combined Authority monitors the operation.

Workers in the Cyclist and Pedestrian tunnels replacing flooring.

Road Tunnels

Opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1967, the original vehicle tunnel is 1 mile long. It was operational as a two-way traffic tunnel until a second vehicle tunnel was constructed and opened fully in November 2011 as part of the New Tyne Crossing project.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels

Running between Howdon and Jarrow, the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel is rich in heritage features and are a great way for residents to quickly travel between North and South Tyneside.

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