Transport North East

The Tyne Tunnel

Originally opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1967, the original vehicle tunnel is 1 mile long and was originally built by Edmund Nuttall Limited.

It was operational as a two-way traffic tunnel until a modern second vehicle tunnel was constructed and opened fully in November 2011 as part of the New Tyne Crossing project. The development successfully eliminated what was at the time, one of the UK’s worst congestion black spots and was warmly welcomed by the public.

The ambitious project was delivered via a Private Public Partnership (PPP). The Concessionaire, TT2 Ltd (a special-purpose company) is responsible for the part-financing, design and construction of the new road tunnel, and for the operation and maintenance of all the tunnels under the river, including the Grade II listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels. The Concession will run until 2037 after which all the tunnels will be handed back to the local authorities.

Customer Information

Tyne Pass Scheme at the Tyne Tunnels

We are supporting TT2 who are implementing a barrierless open-road tolling scheme at the Tyne Tunnels. The new scheme went live on 8 November 2021, with the aim of  modernising the payment system, speeding up journeys for drivers, and reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion. For more information click here.

You can find out more about Tyne Pass and pay your toll charge on the TT2 website. Please note all tolls must be paid by midnight the day after your journey.

Tyne Tunnel Byelaws

Byelaws were made by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority in pursuance of the Transport and Works Act 1992 and the River Tyne (Tunnels) Order 2005. These Byelaws are available at here. They detail how people must behave within the site and are designed to ensure the tunnels are as safe as possible.

Tyne Tunnel Tolls

The New Tyne Crossing project is entirely self-funded and paid for by road usage tolls. A 10% discount is available to pre-paid account holders.

For more information on how to set up a pre-paid account via the TT2 app or website  

The current tolls are:

VehicleTollPre-paid Account (with 10% discount)
Disabled registered
Car, Van or Bus
less than 3.5 tonnes
LGV, Van or Bus
over 3.5 tonnes

Please note that scheduled bus services and motorcycles are toll-free. Use of the pedestrian and cycle tunnels is also free. For more information on the Tyne Pass Scheme, click here.