Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel, 1951

We have recently been appointed by the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority to undertake full measured and condition surveys, together with archive research, for the production of a Conservation Plan for the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels which opened in 1951.

Each tunnel is 270m long and fully lined with largely original tiling. Early research indicates that the four enormous wooden escalators which provide transportation into and out of the tunnels could be the last remaining wooden escalators in the world (with the exception of the much smaller ones which operate as a tourist attraction within Macy’s Department Store in New York). Each spans over 26 metres in height and is an incredible 61 metres long.

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

The original wooden escalators today

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Excavating the tunnels in 1947

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

The World’s longest escalator in 1951

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

The north entrance to both tunnels today

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

The Cyclist Tunnel today

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

The above ground entrance rotunda on the south side of the River Tyne at Jarrow

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

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