The tunnels enable thousands of Tynesiders to cross the river
Heralded as Tyneside’s contribution to the Festival of Britain in 1951 at a total cost of £833,000


The historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are currently closed for refurbishment and are expected to open in June 2019.

During the closure, a free, timetabled Shuttle Bus for pedestrians and cyclists is in operation between 6am and 8pm, seven days a week, 364 days a year (the service does not operate on Christmas Day). In addition, a Night Service is provided for registered workers with no other means of crossing the Tyne outside the Shuttle Bus hours.

Since 1951, the tunnels have been a vital link to help workers from both sides of the river travel to and from work.

The tunnels are owned by the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and support its aim of reducing car usage and increasing levels of physical activity such as walking, running and cycling.

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