The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are currently closed for refurbishment works. - To find out more about the shuttle service operating whilst the tunnels are closed, please click here - To find out more details about the night service, please click here - The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are currently closed for refurbishment works. - To find out more about the shuttle service operating whilst the tunnels are closed, please click here - To find out more details about the night service, please click here

News

This section carries all the latest news and press releases relating to the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels

 

Christmas schedule for pedestrian and cyclist tunnels’ replacement transport services announced

The holiday schedule for the replacement transport services for users of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels during their refurbishment has been announced today  by the North East Combined Authority (NECA).

The free-to-use timetabled shuttle bus service will continue to operate throughout the holiday period from 6am to 8pm EXCEPT ON CHRISTMAS DAY ONLY.  The service will end at 8pm on Christmas Eve and restart at 6am on Boxing Day.

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ASBESTOS WORKS START IN HISTORIC TUNNELS

Work has begun to remove or encapsulate asbestos in the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels under the river between Howdon and Jarrow.

It is expected to take specialist contractors until Christmas to complete the works.

However, the tunnels are being handed back to their owner, the North East Combined Authority (NECA), in stages to enable refurbishment works to re-commence as early as possible.

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Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels delays

Following the contractor GB Building Solutions entering Administration, the identification of further asbestos materials in the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow will lead to further delays to their refurbishment.

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Christmas schedule for pedestrian tunnels replacement transport services announced 

The holiday schedule for the transport services for users of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels during their refurbishment has been announced by their owner, the North East Combined Authority (NECA).

The free-to-use timetabled shuttle bus service will continue to operate throughout the holiday period from 6am to 8pm EXCEPT ON CHRISTMAS DAY ONLY.  The service will end at 8pm on Christmas Eve and restart at 6am on Boxing Day.

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Jarrow School pupils see tunnels’ refurbishment

A group of Year 10 geography students from Jarrow School have had a rare glimpse of the refurbishment works currently taking place inside the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels which run under the River Tyne between Howdon and Jarrow.

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Christmas schedule for pedestrian tunnel’s replacement transport services announced

The holiday schedule for the transport services for users of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels during their refurbishment has been announced by their owner, the North East Combined Authority (NECA).

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College students first to visit tunnel works

A group of 12 students from Newcastle College are the first outside the project team to view progress on the £7 million refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow.

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Tunnels bus has new operator

The replacement shuttle bus at the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels has a new operator from tomorrow (Wednesday).

 Dinnington, Newcastle-based Green Mountain Travel has taken over from Priory Coaches to provide the free, timetabled service while the Grade II-listed tunnels are closed for a £6.9 million refurbishment.

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Tunnels re-opening date confirmed

The re-opening date for the under-refurbishment Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow has been confirmed as June 2015

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Presidential visit highlights North East infrastructure

The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Geoff French, has visited the North East to see best practice in action and highlight the impact the sector has on the lives of people in the region.

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Tunnel refurbishment works to be extended

Refurbishment works on the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are to take longer than expected because work to address the corrosion in the escalator shafts and lower halls will also necessitate the full treatment of asbestos found in their lining.

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Advice to GNR runners and spectators

Runners and spectators of this weekend’s Great North Run events are reminded that the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are currently closed for refurbishment.

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Asbestos delays tunnel works

Work on refurbishing the historic Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels has been delayed while contractors, GB Building Solutions, remove asbestos from the ceiling voids in the rotunda buildings.

This means the tunnels are now expected to reopen in August 2014.

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Historic tunnels to close on Monday for refurbishment

A free timetabled shuttle bus service will be in place from 6am on Monday (20 May) when the historic Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow close for refurbishment.

The bus will run every half hour between 6am and 8pm. Workers needing to get to and from work outside of these hours can register for the dedicated Night Service. Both services will cater for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Free crossing alternatives during tunnels closure announced

Following the recent announcement that the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels will close for refurbishment on 20 May 2013 for around 13 months, owners the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) have released further details on the alternative transport options being put in place for tunnel users.

During the closure, a free, timetabled shuttle bus service for pedestrians and cyclists will operate between the tunnel entrances from 6am and 8pm, 7 days a week.

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Pedestrian tunnel closure date announced

The historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels will close for refurbishment on 20 May 2013 for around 12 months, owners the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) announced today (18 April 2013).

Contractor GB Building Solutions of Balliol Business Park, Newcastle, has been appointed to carry out the £4.9 million refurbishment which will include the replacement of two of the original four escalators with inclined lifts and the replacement of the tunnels’ ageing mechanical and electrical systems.

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Lift works in historic tunnels completed ahead of schedule

Works on the lifts in the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels have been completed ahead of schedule in a single weekend.

The works were originally planned over two weekends – 22-25 February and 1-4 March.

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Lift works for historic tunnels prior to refurbishment

Cyclists and pedestrians are being advised of forthcoming planned lift closures at the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels.

Work will take place on the vertical lifts over the weekends of the 22-25 February and 1-4 March. Only one lift will be out of service at any one time.

The tunnels are due to close for a year for refurbishment at the end of March.

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Erin Dickson – Kinetic Mirror Installation

Erin Dickson is an artist and PhD student based at the National Glass Centre. Her latest piece, entitled Tyne Tunnel – Kinetic Mirror Installation, used the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels as an element to the work.

Erin wishes to thanks RGR Film Productions and the University of Sunderland for their assistance with the filming and project.

To see a video about the project and learn more of the installation, please click here

Consultation findings to inform tunnel measures for shift workers

A first ever survey of shift workers using the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels has received 64 online responses.

A consultation programme was carried out to discover how many people use the crossing to get to and from work between 8pm and 6am.

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Filming ‘Dick Lorent’

Filmmakers Nico and Yan Martin chose the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels as the ideal location to film their 12-minute short film, ‘Dick Lorent’ which was shot in early 2012.

We wish the guys every success with the resulting film.

To read more and see some stills from filming, please click here

Time extension to tunnels survey

A first ever survey of shift workers using the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels has received 64 online responses.

A consultation programme was carried out to discover how many people use the crossing to get to and from work between 8pm and 6am.

The tunnels will be closed later this year for refurbishment and a free timetabled shuttle bus will operate between 6am and 8pm between the Howdon and Jarrow entrances.

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Tunnel call to shift workers

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Jarrow and Howdon are currently scheduled to close temporarily for refurbishment this autumn – and their owners want to hear from shift workers who may be affected.

Paul Fenwick, project director at the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA), says he is looking at measures to help shift workers during the year-long closure, but needs more information to decide exactly what alternatives to consider.

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Read all about it – tunnels are big news with Howdon youngsters

Children from Stephenson Memorial School in Howdon have written and produced their own newspaper about the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels.

The 17 Year 5 and 6 pupils have been researching facts about the tunnels as part of a schools project promoted by the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA).

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Escalator breakdown may be permanent

The last remaining working escalator in the historic Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels has broken down and will probably not be restored to full working order, it was revealed today (22 February 2012).

A problem with the drive sprocket of the ‘Up’ escalator, at the Jarrow end of the tunnels, saw it turned off for safety reasons and to prevent further damage.

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Tunnels star in film

The Grade-II listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels have a starring role in a short film which will be screened at festivals around Europe.

London-based filmmakers Nico and Yan Martin travelled north for the three-day shoot which ended yesterday (Sunday).

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Historic Tunnels get planning go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted to allow a £4 million refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow.

Work is expected to start in spring 2012 and take around a year to complete.

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Works in tunnels will affect users

Users of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist tunnels between Howdon and Jarrow face some disruption to their journeys across the river from next Monday for up to three weeks.

Work begins on Monday, August 15, removing sections of roof and a number of tiles for analysis in preparation for the refurbishment of the tunnels next year.

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Tyneside icon celebrates 60 years

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Schools come together in song under the Tyne

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Public offered the chance to tour tunnels in the virtual world

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£6 million tunnels upgrade plans submitted

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Public’s views sought on tunnel signs

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Three days of works for Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel

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