The Tyne Tunnels are synonymous with the North East and are made up of two traffic tunnels and pedestrian and cyclist tunnels which run under the River Tyne.

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels

A historic gem, the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels first opened to the public back in 1951. The cycle tunnel is Britain’s first ever purpose-built cycling tunnel and welcomes hundreds of users each day. Running between Howdon and Jarrow, the tunnel is rich is heritage features and is a great way for residents to quickly travel between North and South Tyneside.

More detail on the history and the recent refurbishment of the Grade II listed tunnels can be found on its dedicated website.

Historic image of Tyne Tunnel

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.

Operation of the Tunnels

The Tyne Tunnels are jointly owned by the North East Combined Authority and the North of Tyne Combined Authority. They receive no government or local funding, and costs are fully met by toll charges from the road tunnels.

TT2 Ltd as Concessionaire is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the Tunnels, monitored by Transport North East.

For more information on the operation of the Tunnels please refer to TT2.

Tyne Tunnel

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 aims of the new scheme are to modernise the payment system, speed up journeys for drivers, and reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion. For more information click here.

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 have been updated in 2020 and may be cited as Tyne Tunnels Byelaws 2020. They detail how people must behave within the site.

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 www.tt2.co.uk  

The current tolls are:

VehicleCashPre-paid Account
 Motorbike
Disabled registered
FreeN/A
Car, Van or Bus
less than 3m high
with 2 axles
£1.90£1.71
LGV, Van or Bus
more than 3m high
or 3 axles or more
£3.70£3.33

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.