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When the idea was conceived, it was to bring together North and South Tyneside with pedestrian and cycle tunnels to run under the river,  making it easy to commute between the communities of Jarrow and Howdon. Work on the tunnel was about to start in 1939, but the Second World War put a stop to it.
Charles Brand & Son Ltd completed tunnelling in 1949 but it was not opened until 24 July 1951 by Alfred Barnes M.P. (Minister of Transport).

After it was first opened there were 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.

Tyne tunnel
Twin tunnels Main pedestrian tunnel North escalator North entrance
Down Twin bores Main tunnel Up North Entrance


The pedestrian and cycle tunnels are closed due to refurbishment and were to open in August 2014. It appears to have taken the builders by surprise that there was asbestos in the original construction, with further delays as construction company went into administration
Winter 2018 opening seems more likely now
A bus service currently runs from the tunnel entrances


View Refurbishment booklets