Tunnel refurbishment works to be extended

Refurbishment works on the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are to take longer than expected.

The works are takng longer due to corrosion in the escalator shafts and lower halls will also necessitate the full treatment of asbestos found in their lining.

The tunnels are now expected to re-open in February 2015. The replacement shuttle bus and the Night Service for shift workers will continue to operate during the closure.

Paul Fenwick, project director for the tunnels’ owner the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) said: “Conditions in the tunnel have proved a lot worse than we anticipated and major works to treat asbestos containing materials, the presence of which we could have had no knowledge of before the works started, are now necessary if the tunnels are to continue to be an important transport link for future generations.”

The tunnels were expected to re-open in August this year. They closed for refurbishment in May 2013.