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Trial to improve journey times starts 1st March 2008

Your views matter to us and, because you have told us that delays at the tunnel frustrate you and that you are concerned about the areas where traffic merges, we are introducing changes.

From 1st March 2008 we are beginning a trial of the following measures, designed to speed up your journey:-

  • CHANGE WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AT THE TOLL BOOTHS – change will only be available from the examination lay-bys at the tunnel entrances
  • On the southbound A19 approach to the roundabout (before the tolls) the lane priorities will change so that cars and light vans can use the inside lane
  • Light vans will no longer need to pull into the examination lay-bys – only vehicles with a Maximum Gross Weight of 3,500kg (HGVs) will be inspected

Work inside the tunnel will generally only take place 4 nights per week

We will monitor and review the impact of these changes, which are designed to improve your journey.

Your journey time may also be improved by using a pre-paid permit, which brings the cost of your trip down from £1.20 for cars to £1.08. You can obtain a permit through our helpline 0191 262 4451. Minimum permit available costs £5.00, and this is all credit. YOU ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU USE

Tyne Tunnel tolls

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

Avoid the congestion of Newcastle
and the A1 at Gateshead.
Choosing the
A19 Tyne Tunnels will save you time and
money.

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