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Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by Mark Hewitt » Sun Sep 30, 2012 18:27

Not sure if this has already been mentioned.

But the cycle and ped tunnel is due to close in November for 1 year in order to complete major refurbishment. Including replacing the escalators with an inclined lift.
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Post by Lockwood » Sun Sep 30, 2012 19:56

Cycle...escalators...

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Post by kit » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:01

I don't know the tunnel usage but it seems a very retrograde step to be replacing escalators with lifts in terms of security and throughput.
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Post by Glenn A » Sun Sep 30, 2012 21:17

The tunnel did develop a bad reputation in the nineties as a hangout for druggies.

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Post by SarahJ » Sun Sep 30, 2012 23:25

Yes, at one time it was the thing to do, go late at night on a bike and then shoot down the travelators as fast as possible.

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by A8000Bob » Mon Oct 01, 2012 00:08

Will there be any replacement method of crossing for cyclists and pedestrians? I imagine a taxi with a bike rack for a couple of bikes would easily suffice...

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Post by Mark Hewitt » Mon Oct 01, 2012 08:37

A8000Bob wrote:Will there be any replacement method of crossing for cyclists and pedestrians? I imagine a taxi with a bike rack for a couple of bikes would easily suffice...
Apparently there will be a free van / minibus service and it'll be towing a cycle trailer behind it. - I'm assuming it will use the vehicle tunnel.
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Post by M5Lenzar » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:27

A8000Bob wrote:Will there be any replacement method of crossing for cyclists and pedestrians? I imagine a taxi with a bike rack for a couple of bikes would easily suffice...
Maybe they'll lay on some free canoes. :lol:
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Post by Nwallace » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:44

M5Lenzar wrote:
A8000Bob wrote:Will there be any replacement method of crossing for cyclists and pedestrians? I imagine a taxi with a bike rack for a couple of bikes would easily suffice...
Maybe they'll lay on some free canoes. :lol:
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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by Sam » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:21

Is there a date yet? I'm home at my parents (Durham) around November and would like to see the wooden escalators before they go. (Somehow I've managed never to go there in the past.)

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Post by TWITA12 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 16:24

Hi everyone - this is to let you know that the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority is now registered on SABRE as TWITA12 to provide information on the forthcoming closure of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels for refurbishment and to answer any questions you may have.

The closure date is yet to be announced but it will certainly not be this month (October). We hope to have a definite date within the next couple of weeks.

During the 12-month closure a free, timetabled shuttle bus service will operate between 6am and 8pm, 7 days a week. It will have a trailer for bikes. The timetable will be published once the bus operator is appointed -- in a couple of weeks.

So for anyone wanting to see the tunnels in their original if faded glory, you still have at least 4 weeks to do so.

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by Glenn A » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:04

I have walked the tunnel a couple of times in the seventies and eighties, but do the old Northumberland- Durham boundary markers still exist?

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by TWITA12 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 20:27

Yes Glenn, the original Northumberland and County Durham words are still there in the middle of the tunnels and will remain after refurbishment.

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Post by Glenn A » Mon Oct 01, 2012 20:32

TWITA12 wrote:Yes Glenn, the original Northumberland and County Durham words are still there in the middle of the tunnels and will remain after refurbishment.
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Post by jlsmith » Mon Oct 01, 2012 21:02

Will this mean the world record for the longest escalator will go - or has that already been surpassed? (It's been a long time since I looked at the Guiness Book of Records...)

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by TWITA12 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 22:37

The escalators are beyond economic repair but two of them will remain in situ and be opened up to public view as 'exhibitions'. Whether the world record relates to working escalators or not I'm not sure.

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by Lockwood » Mon Oct 01, 2012 23:01

I thought Angel had that

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by TWITA12 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 08:26

I think the record relates to wooden-tread escalators.

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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by Mark Hewitt » Tue Oct 02, 2012 08:27

I suspect Angel is just the longest on the London Underground.

Here's what Wikipedia says:

"These escalators, manufactured by Waygood Otis in 1951, were "believed to be the longest single lift escalators in the world", at the time of installation. Presumably the first escalators in Britain designed specifically for cyclists, they are also "thought to be still" the longest escalators in the United Kingdom. At most, they may be the longest extant wooden escalators in operation in the world."
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Re: Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnel

Post by TWITA12 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 08:33

Thanks for that - that info is on the tunnels' website as well. Would be nice to have a definitive answer!

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