Alternative ways to cross the river
The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow are now closed for refurbishment.
Whilst the tunnels are closed there are a number of alternative ways for those who would normally use the tunnels to safely cross the river. In order to help you determine the best method for completing your journey, we have listed various options below, with links to relevant sites for further information where needed.
Please note: The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels accepts no responsibility for the content of external sites or reliability of the alternate transport options offered. Please always check times before travelling and allow extra time to complete your journey if necessary.
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, with pick-ups and drop-offs on the South at Tyne Street, Jarrow and on the North at Tyne View Terrace, Howdon. To find out more and view the timetable, please click here.
For night shift workers with no other means of transport to cross the river outside of these hours, a free, night service is also being provided from the same pick-up points as the shuttle bus.
Please note: The night service is only available to registered users. To find out more please click here.
The nearest bus stop on the Jarrow side is Ellison Street, approx. 8 minutes walk from the tunnel entrance.
The nearest bus stop on the Howdon side is Rudyerd Street. The no.17/17A Arriva, Go North East bus service runs from Rudyerd Street to Tyne View Terrace, approx. 5 minutes walk from the tunnel entrance.
To view or download a copy of the 9/9A bus timetable, please click here
To view or download a copy of the 17/17A bus timetable, please click here
There are also a number of other services which run between both areas and Gateshead / Newcastle city centre, from which there are various ways of crossing the river including various bridges, the Metro and No.1 Quaylink bus.
Monday to Friday, services commence from 06:45am South Shields to North Shields and 07:30am North Shields to South Shields.
On Sunday services commence from 10:15am South Shields to North Shields and 10:30am North Shields to South Shields.
A full timetable can be found at http://www.nexus.org.uk/ferry/timetable
The South Shields ferry landing is around a 5 minute walk from South Shields Metro station. Most local buses serve Keppel Street bus station.
The North Shields ferry landing is about a 10 minute walk from North Shields Metro station. The route is quite steep, but the FerryLink (Service 333) provides a free shuttle service to Shields Ferry passengers. It also goes to North Shields Fish Quay.
The Route 19 bus service connects North Shields ferry landing with Royal Quays, Silverlink Business and Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and the Metro system.
For more information and a copy of the timetable, please visit http://www.nexus.org.uk/ferry
The nearest stop to the Jarrow (South) is Jarrow, located on Station Street, approx. 12 minutes walk from the tunnel entrance.
The nearest stop to the Howdon (North) side is Howdon, located on Howdon Lane, approx. 15 minutes walk from the tunnel entrance.
For more information and to plan your journey, please visit http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro