New Tyne Crossing Project

Transforming cross-river travel with an improved vehicle crossing under the Tyne.

Lynne Walker

Lynne Walker
SQE Manager

Lynne's role covers a broad range of issues that are vital to the safe and sustainable running of the Tyne Tunnels. As well as managing and monitoring the Health and Safety systems across site, Lynne is responsible for looking at ways of minimising TT2’s environmental impacts, and ensuring that quality standards are maintained.

The original vehicle Tyne Tunnel opened in 1967

It was designed for a daily traffic throughput of 24,000 vehicles, although in recent years it regularly served 38,000 customers per day.

In order to meet growing customer demands the Tyne Tunnels owner, the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA), proposed the development of a second vehicle tunnel.

TWITA put forward a plan to the Secretary of State for Transport that would revitalise travel across the Tyne. This plan is known as the New Tyne Crossing Project.

Building the second tunnel


Construction of a second vehicle tunnel under the River Tyne
(Completed Feb 2011)


Full refurbishment of the original Tunnel Tunnel
(Completed Nov 2011)


Redesigned southern interchange at the Jarrow junction of the vehicle tunnels
(Completed Nov 2011)


Development of a new tolls plaza on the southbound approach to the tunnel
(Completed Nov 2011)

In November 2007 TT2 was appointed as the project Concessionaire to design, build, part-finance and operate the new vehicle tunnel and other developments associated with the New Tyne Crossing project and to operate all Tyne Tunnels until 2037.

For further information please visit New Tyne Crossing Website

Tyne Tunnels Book

Gift Idea The Tyne Tunnels Book
"How do you build a tunnel under the Tyne?"

This book aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the
construction of the £260 million New Tyne Crossing project. Read more...

Tyne Tunnel tolls

Motorbikes, disabled toll Free
Car, Van or Bus
< 3m high
and 2 axles
LGV, Van or Bus
≥ 3m high or
3 axles or more

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and the A1 at Gateshead.
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