I met the HR Manager for TT2 Ltd at an event I was presenting earlier this week – TT2 are the operators of the Tyne Tunnels.
In discussion, he brought up something that’d quite passed me by – even though I’m a reasonably regular user of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels. The refurbishment of these, which was to start last autumn is now going ahead:
The local authorities either side of the Tyne will be operating a replacement FREE shuttlebus service to take you and your bike through the road tunnels. A timetable can be downloaded from the Tyne Pedestrian & Cycle Tunnel’s website. This is a turn-up-and-go bus, which has capacity for 24 passengers and 16 bikes.
Pickup in Jarrow is from Tyne Street (the approach road to the pedestrian & cycle tunnels), and in Howdon, from Tyne View Terrace (the road that runs past the access down to the pedestrian tunnels – behind TT2’s offices).
But as you’ll see from the timetable, the first bus leaves Jarrow at 06:00, and the last one again heads North, leaving at 20:00.
Outside of those hours, TT2 will be operating a shuttle service – so if you work shifts, you’ll not be stranded. However, this service must be pre-booked. You’ll need to print out and post a registration form, which is available from this page.