The Tyne Tunnels are located between the historic towns of Wallsend, in North Tyneside and Jarrow, in South Tyneside, and are operated by TT2.
TT2 offers customers three different options of crossing the River Tyne – by foot, by bicycle, or by motor vehicle through one of four dedicated tunnels.
There are two seperate vehicle tunnels , one for northbound traffic and the other for southbound traffic each tunnel consists of two lanes.
The Pedestrian and Cycle tunnels share the same entrance but comprise two separate tunnels, exclusively used by either pedestrians or cyclists. Both the Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are free.
From Spring 2013, the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels will close until late Summer 2017 for refurbishment. During the closure, the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority will be providing a free timetabled shuttle bus service between the hours of 6am and 8pm, seven days a week for both pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition, for those who rely on the tunnels to travel to and from work outside of these hours, and who have no alternative means of transport, a pre-registered night shuttle service will be provided. Only those who have registered will be able to use this service.
For further information and to register for the service please visit the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels website
All four tunnels are open 24 hours per day and operate every day of the year.
The Vehicle Tunnel joins two parts of the A19 Trunk Road and the Cyclist tunnel joins with the coast to coast (C2C) Cycle Route.
Our current Bye-Laws arise from the 1960 Tyne Tunnel Act, which absorbed the then existing Pedestrian Tunnel Bye- Laws.
These rules cover everything within our area of authority. They detail how people must behave within our site. We attempt to enforce them in a customer focussed manner using the rules to improve safety.
As well as being listed on the Internet the Bye-Laws can be inspected on request.
Tyne Tunnels History
In order to meet the growing, and widely recognised, need for a river crossing east of Newcastle, towards the sea, a proposal was considered during the 1920s for a tunnel between North and South Shields. This was to carry high-speed electric monorail cars. Original nineteenth century proposals for another bridge across the Tyne had given way to a tunnel. Although the cost of a new bridge was likely to be lower, there were strong objections to a bridge crossing because of its effect on navigation in the lower reaches of the river, where some of the largest vessels in the world were built and came to be repaired and refitted.
In 1926, the Ministry of Transport made a Provisional Order authorising construction of the new tunnel, but some aspects of the scheme were the subject of local objections and the House of Commons rejected the subsequent Bill on the second reading.