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Tyne Tunnel

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Tyne Tunnel
Location Map ( geo)
Tyne Tunnel North Entrance - Geograph - 149562.jpg
Northern entrance.
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From:  Jarrow
To:  North Shields
Durham • Northumberland
Highway Authority
National Highways
Opening Date
1967 & 2011
£1.90 Cars / £3.70 HGV
Additional Information
Length:  1676m (5499 ft)
On road(s)

The Tyne Tunnel is the furthest downstream fixed crossing of the River Tyne east of Newcastle upon Tyne, and is part of the A19.

The original project consisted of a set of foot and cycle tunnels, opened in 1951, and a single carriageway road tunnel, which opened in 1967. Subsequent roadbuilding in the area, not least the rerouting of the A1 through the tunnel from the early 1980s to the completion of the Newcastle Western Bypass in 1993, meant that the tunnel became a severe bottleneck, and made refurbishment near impossible.

Consequently in 2004, a decision was made to build a second parallel tunnel. Construction started in 2008 and opened in early 2011. Traffic started using both tunnels and hence the route became dual carriageway in late 2011.


Route To Notes


Sunderland, Teesside, Gateshead (A194) (A184)


The NORTH, Seaton Burn, A1


Newcastle upon Tyne Accessed via A19




South Shields (A194)


Tyne Commission Quay




Priory Rd


Sunderland, Teesside, Gateshead(A194)(A184) now A19


The NORTH, Seaton Burn, A1 now A19


New Tyne Crossing Official Website

Tyne Tunnel
A19 • A108 (Seaham - Seaton Burn) • A185 • A187 • A193 • A194 • A1058 • B1297 • B1315 • B1516 • E31 (via Newcastle)
Related Pictures
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Tyne Tunnel North Entrance - Geograph - 149562.jpgTyne Tunnel tolls - Coppermine - 23564.jpgA19 Tyne Tunnel - Coppermine - 5193.jpgTyne Tunnels, southern approach - Geograph - 3778336.jpgExit from the Tyne Tunnel - Geograph - 3204438.jpg
Crossings of the River Tyne, Derwent and other Tributaries
Tyne BridgesHexham Bypass Bridge • Hexham Bridge • Corbridge Bridge • Styford Bridge • Bywell Bridge • Blaydon Bridge • Scotswood Bridge • New Redheugh Bridge • High Level Bridge • Swing Bridge • Tyne Bridge • Friars Goose Crossing • Tyne Tunnel
River North TyneBellingham Bridge • Chollerford Bridge
River South TyneAlston Bridge • Haltwhistle Bypass Bridge 2 • Haltwhistle Bypass Bridge 1 • Haydon Bypass Bridge • Haydon Bridge
Derwent BridgesBlanchland Bridge • Derwent Bridge (Edmundbyers) • Allensford Bridge • Shotley Bridge • Ebchester Bridge • Lintzford Bridge • Derwent Bridge (Durham) • New Derwent Bridge •  • A1 Blaydon Bridge • Metroland Bridge
Places in North East England
Major CitiesDurham • Newcastle upon Tyne • Sunderland
Primary DestinationsAlnwick • Ashington • Berwick-upon-Tweed • Bishop Auckland • Consett • Corbridge • Darlington • Gateshead • Hartlepool • Hexham • Morpeth • South Shields • Stockton • Teesside • Tynemouth • Tyne Tunnel
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