Advice on how to see The Queen during north east visit

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Scone Palace in Perth recently.
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Scone Palace in Perth recently.

PEOPLE wanting to catch a glimpse of The Queen during her trip to North Tyneside are being given guidance on where to go.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will return to North Tyneside tomorrow – Wednesday, July 18 – to officially open the second Tyne Tunnel during a visit to the north east – 45 years after her previous visit to open the first Tyne Tunnel in 1967.

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Linda Arkley has released details of how members of the public can catch a glimpse of the Royal visitors this week.

The Royal Party will be in North Tyneside as they tour the north east as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

On the North side of the Tyne Tunnel they will welcome wheelchair athletes at the finish line of a Tyne Tunnel showcase race.

Some North Tyneside residents will also be presented to the Royal Party in recognition of their involvement in the project, along with staff who have worked on the development of the Tyne Tunnel and current employees, before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the tunnel.

The visit will result in some temporary disruption to roads in the area.

The A183 East Howdon Bypass will have a clearway order implemented and ‘no waiting’ signs on the day for all traffic.

There is limited public viewing on the day due to public safety considerations.

Tyne Tunnel is permitting public viewing from its land at the toll plaza embankment. Stewards will direct public to the appropriate space.

There will also be limited viewing from the C2C cycle route to the north of the Howdon Toll Plaza

People attending the royal visit are advised to use Percy Main or Howdon Metro stations as the best way the travel to the event.

Public parking will be available at AMEC Yard East Howdon, and motorists are urged to follow the signs that will direct visitors to this car park on the day of the royal visit.

For safety reasons, pedestrians are asked not to arrive at the tunnel before 9.30am, as there will be no access to the viewing area before this time.

Elected mayor, Mrs Linda Arkley said: “It means a great deal to our local communities that Her Majesty has agreed to return to open the second Tyne tunnel. The visit will offer a fantastic opportunity for the people of North Tyneside to pay tribute to Her Majesty during Her Diamond Jubilee year.”

There will be a short off-peak closure of the Tyne Tunnels in both directions during the visit (less than 30 minutes). Motorists are advised to use other routes in order to avoid delays.