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Abnormal Loads

Information about transporting large or heavy vehicles through the Tyne Tunnels.

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.

Abnormal load guide
for the North & Southbound
Tyne Tunnels

Information about transporting large or heavy vehicles through the Tyne Tunnels.

Southbound

Vehicles & Loads Exceeding

2.55m (8’4″) wide
4.87m (16’0″) high
18.75m (61’6″) long

Must report to the inspection lay-by.

Height
Vehicles and loads must be less than 5.1m (16’8″) high.

Length
Vehicles and loads less than 25.9m (85′) long may travel as normal.

Vehicles and loads exceeding 25.9m (85′) long may be permitted travel subject to a movement order and an approval charge of £30.

Width
Vehicles and loads up to 2.9m (9’6″) wide may travel as normal.

Vehicles and loads over 2.9m (9’6″) wide and up to 4.26m (14′) wide must be escorted. These are escorted free of charge.

Vehicles and loads over 4.26m (14′) wide must be escorted. This shall incur a charge of £30 for a full tunnel closure.

Weight
Maximum weight loading for the southbound tunnel is 140ton (37.5 Units of HB) with a maximum individual axle weight of 15ton.

Northbound

Vehicles & Loads Exceeding
2.55m (8’4″) wide
4.87m (16’0″) high
18.75m (61’6″) long

Must report to the inspection lay-by.

Height
Lane 1 Vehicles and loads less than 4.87m (16′) high and less than 2.9m (9’6″) wide may travel as normal.

Vehicles over 4.87m (16′) high up to 5.1m (16’8″) high and less than 2.9m (9’6″) wide may travel once the driver has completed a safety induction.

Lane 2 Vehicles must be less than 4m (13’1″) high. This is a car only lane.

Length
Articulated vehicles less than 18.75m (61’6″) long and drawbar vehicles less than 21.95m (72′) long may travel as normal.

Vehicles and loads greater than this and up to 25.9m (85′) long must be escorted. These shall be escorted free of charge.

Vehicles and loads exceeding 25.9m (85′) long may be permitted to travel subject to a movement order and an approval charge of £30.00.

Width
Vehicles and loads greater than 2.9m (9’6″) wide up to 4.26m (14′) wide and not exceeding 4m (13’1″) high must be escorted. These shall be escorted free of charge.

Vehicles and loads greater than 4.26m (14′) wide and not exceeding 4m (13’1″) high must be escorted. This shall incur a charged £30.00 for a full tunnel closure.

Weight
Maximum weight loading for the Northbound Tunnel is 180ton (45 HB Units) with a maximum individual axle weight of 15ton.

Download document. Abnormal Loads & Break Down Recovery

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VehicleCost
Motorbikes, disabled toll Free
Car, Van or Bus
< 3m high
and 2 axles
£1.70
LGV, Van or Bus
≥ 3m high or
3 axles or more
£3.30

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