The historic Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are to reopen to the public at noon on Wednesday, 7th August.
The tunnels will be open between 6am and 8pm, seven days a week until they become fully operational in September. The Night Service for shift workers will continue to operate as usual until the tunnels are fully open.
The Grade-II listed structure closed for refurbishment in May 2013. Since then cyclists and pedestrians have been bussed across the Tyne between Jarrow and Howdon via the Tyne vehicle tunnels. The shuttle bus will continue to operate until the end of August.
Continuing work on the installation of two inclined lifts means that the public must access and leave the tunnels via the vertical lifts. The public are advised that these can only hold two or three people with bicycles at a time.
Project Manager Stuart Turnbull said: “It’s a relief to have the tunnels reopen after so many false dawns. We thank the public for their patience during what has been a challenging time for everyone involved. We can now look to the future and enjoy again the unique experience of cycling or walking under the River Tyne between Howdon and Jarrow.
“All the works, apart from the completion of the installation of the new inclined lifts which will replace two of the old escalators, are finished. Rather than keep the public waiting until the inclined lifts are operational, which we expect to be in mid to late September, we decided to open as early as possible given the long delay on the project and the high levels of anticipation amongst the public.
“We know that many people will want to come down and see the tunnels. Given the restrictions in place, we’d ask that those coming purely out of curiosity to avoid peak commuter times.”
The tunnels are owned by the Joint Transport Committee, which is the North East and North of Tyne combined authorities.