Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel – Willington Quay, Wallsend In Photos

The Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel was Britain’s first purpose-built pedestrian & cycling tunnel running under the River Tyne between Willington Quay in Wallsend and Jarrow.

Originally opened in 1951 at a cost of around £800,000 the two tunnels run in parallel, one for pedestrian use and a slightly larger tunnel for cyclists. Both tunnels are 270 mtrs in length and lie 12.2 mtrs below the river Tyne in North & South Tyneside.

To this day, the Tyne pedestrian tunnel’s escalators remain the longest wooden escalators in the world.

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