are several tunnels under the River Tyne
All three run between Jarrow and Howdon.
Tyne Road Tunnel (1967)
Cyclists are not permitted in this tunnel
The Tyne Road Tunnel was opened in 1967 and was designed for 24,000 vehicles a day, but now carries up to 36,000 vehicles a day. The tunnel is two way and a major bottleneck on the A19(T) road.
crossing is planned and unlike the present bored tunnel, the new one -
if consent is given - will be an immersed tube design. This will involve
digging an enormous trench across the river into which the four precast
concrete tubes will be joined end to end
The present tunnel will then carry north bound traffic whilst the new tunnel south bound traffic.
This will have an effect on the route of the cycle routes during construction - there will be a short detour around the workings for Hadrian's Cycleway - C2C between the A19(T) road bridge and A187 East Howdon Bypass.
Tyne Pedestrian & Cycle Tunnels (1951)
On the 24th of July 2001 there was a civil ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnel the plaque above was unveiled.
A project is in hand to automate these elevators which will start up as you approach and stop when you reach the other end and get off. Due for completion mid 2004.
There are elevators (lifts) each side which can take at a squeeze three bikes plus riders.
When the idea of these tunnels was conceived, it was to bring together North and South Tyneside with a pedestrian and cycle tunnel to run under the river making it easy to commute between the communities of Jarrow and Howdon.
After it was first opened on the 24 July 1951 there where over a thousand people a day using it in order to get to work, in recent times that number has reduced to a couple of hundred or so a day, but the numbers are slowly rising again.
Very little has changed in the tunnel since it was built, almost all of the tiles that you can see along its 900ft long length are original.
Whilst digging the tunnel they had to deal with the old Jarrow and Howdon colliery mine workings.
it is an important link in the
is made up of lined cast iron segments.
device counts every
tunnels and entrance buildings are monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day from
The tunnels are open 24 hours a day - seven days a week.
From August 9th BOTH lifts will be out of service for renewals.
At the north side two new sculptures are now in position
To contact the Tunnel Control Room ring (0191) 262 4451