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.
Andy Gibson, for the tunnels’ owner, the North East Combined Authority, said: “Because the refurbishment is taking longer than originally anticipated, we had to re-tender the shuttle bus contract. Green Mountain Travel won the tender and we look forward to working with them until the tunnels re-open, which is expected to be in June 2015.”
The shuttle bus runs between Howdon and Jarrow 7 days a week at approximately half-hour intervals. The service used to start at Jarrow at 6am but, to meet demand, an additional journey has been added and will now start at Howdon at 5.45am. The last bus leaves Jarrow at 8pm. The timetable is available on the Tunnels’ website as a downloadable pdf.
The bus can carry up to 24 passengers and has a trailer for 16 bikes, the same capacity as previously.
The tunnels were closed in May 2013 for their first major upgrade since they opened in 1951. The works will include the replacement of two of the original escalators with inclined lifts.