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24 hour trial from Monday 30 November 2020

Following user requests, consideration has been given to 24 hour opening of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels. Currently the tunnels are open from 6am to 10pm each day, however we have listened to feedback from a number of users, in particular night shift workers, who would like to access the tunnels 24/7 to journey to and from work. We appreciate the tunnels are an important part of so many journeys, and with this in mind plans have been put in place to operate an initial four week trial to open the tunnels 24 hours from Monday 30 November 2020.

The trial period will be used to assess whether 24 hour opening improves access for users including local workers. We will of course need to review whether it results in any anti-social behaviour issues or safety concerns and will keep users updated on the plans after the initial trial period. Please continue to check the website for updates on the trial outcomes.

Coronavirus Emergency

In line with the latest Government and Public Health advice, visitors are strongly recommended to observe the following when using the Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels.

1. PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING. Protect yourself and others by wearing a face covering when using the tunnels, lifts and surrounding areas unless you are exempt for health reasons.
2. PEDESTRIANS should travel DOWN to the Tunnels using the WOODEN ESCALATORS, walking in single file at least 2 metres apart.
3. PEDESTRIANS should travel UP from the Tunnels using the VERTICAL LIFTS.
4. CYCLISTS and those with LIMITED MOBILITY should use the VERTICAL LIFTS to travel up and down.
5. NO MORE THAN 2 PEDESTRIANS SHOULD USE THE VERTICAL LIFTS AT ONE TIME.
6. NO MORE THAN 1 CYCLIST SHOULD USE THE VERTICAL LIFTS AT ONE TIME
7. PEDESTRIANS passing others in the Tunnel should KEEP THEIR DISTANCE, walk in single file or in family groups of 2.
8. AFTER USING THE TUNNELS, pedestrians and cyclists should WASH THEIR HANDS as recommended by Government guidance AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Thank you for your co-operation. Observing these rules will help save lives.

Discover the newly-restored Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow.

Travel back in time to the 1950s when the Tunnels first opened, creating a vital link for thousands of Tynesiders working in the shipyards and factories along the River Tyne.

Enjoy the experience of cycling or walking under the river – without getting your feet or tyres wet! And it’s free!

Explore the attractions of North Tyneside, South Tyneside and beyond.

Keep fit. Go green.

How to contact us

Night shift workers with no other means of getting to or from work other than walking or cycling can take advantage of our dedicated Night Bus Service