Work has now begun to remove or encapsulate asbestos in the Tunnels.
It is expected to take specialist contractors until Christmas to complete.
However, the tunnels are being handed back to the North East Combined Authority (NECA) in stages to enable refurbishment works to re-commence as early as possible.
The tunnels were closed for refurbishment in May 2013. A series of setbacks, including the discovery of the extent of asbestos contamination, as well as corrosion, coupled with the collapse of the original contractor GB Building Solutions, has delayed the project.
The tunnels are now expected to re-open in Spring 2018.
In the meantime, the free-to-use replacement shuttle bus service for up to 24 passengers and 16 bicycles and a Night Service for shift workers will continue to operate. Please click here for further details.
The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are owned by the North East Combined Authority (NECA). To find out more about NECA click here.
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Shuttle Bus Service
With the tunnels currently closed a free, timetabled replacement shuttle bus service is in operation between 6am and 8pm, seven days a week, to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists wishing to travel across the river.
The bus has capacity for 24 passengers and 16 bikes and will run approximately every half an hour.
Pick-up / drop-off points are located on the South at Tyne Street, Jarrow and on the North at Tyne View Terrace, Howdon.
Please note: For spatial reasons, we cannot allow passengers with dogs to use the service.Read more »
For those who rely on the tunnels to travel for work outside of the shuttle bus hours and who have no alternative means of crossing the river, a free, night service is being provided for registered pedestrians and cyclists, with pick-ups on the South at Tyne Street, Jarrow and on the North at Tyne View Terrace, Howdon.
This service is only available to pre-registered users. For more information and to download a registration form please click here .Read more »