A discovery of further asbestos was made during our inspection of the tunnels following the collapse of the original contractor, GB Building Solutions. We had been advised that they had completed the asbestos removal works.
We are now going out to tender for the removal or encapsulation of the remaining asbestos. We expect the asbestos works to commence early in 2016. We are committed to the complete treatment of this hazardous material. We are looking to complete the asbestos work as quickly as possible to enable us to continue the refurbishment works.
We continue to progress off-site works, including the manufacture of the new inclined elevators. Due to the delay, the tunnels are now unlikely to re-open before the summer of 2017.
The free-to-use, timetabled shuttle bus and a Night Service for shift workers continue to operate. Please click here for further details.
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Shuttle Bus Service
With the tunnels currently closed a free, timetabled replacement shuttle bus service is in operation between 6am and 8pm, seven days a week, to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists wishing to travel across the river.
The bus has capacity for 24 passengers and 16 bikes and will run approximately every half an hour.
Pick-up / drop-off points are located on the South at Tyne Street, Jarrow and on the North at Tyne View Terrace, Howdon.
Please note: For spacial reasons, we cannot allow passengers with dogs to use the service.Read more »
For those who rely on the tunnels to travel for work outside of the shuttle bus hours and who have no alternative means of crossing the river, a free, night service is being provided for registered pedestrians and cyclists, with pick-ups on the South at Tyne Street, Jarrow and on the North at Tyne View Terrace, Howdon.
This service is only available to pre-registered users. For more information and to download a registration form please click here .Read more »