Transport North East

Tyne Tunnels

Operation of the Tunnels

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.

The Tyne Tunnels are jointly owned by the five Tyne and Wear Councils.  Through the region’s joint transport arrangements the interests of the local authorities are represented by the Joint Transport Committee’s Tyne and Wear Sub Committee (TWSC) and administered by officers of Transport North East. The Tyne Tunnels 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 both the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels and the two Tyne Road Tunnels, while Transport North East monitor the operation.

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

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Running between Howdon and Jarrow, the tunnels are rich is heritage features and are a great way for residents to quickly travel between North and South Tyneside.

Road Tunnels

Originally opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1967, the original vehicle tunnel is 1 mile long. 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.