The £260M New Tyne Crossing project included the development of a second vehicle tunnel under the River Tyne, followed by the major refurbishment of the original vehicle tunnel which opened in 1967.

Over a decade in the planning and taking almost four years to construct, the second vehicle tunnel completes the dualling of the A19 between Northumberland and North Yorkshire and opened to traffic at midnight on Friday 25 February 2011.

Extensive refurbishment of the existing vehicle tunnel followed, with the original Tyne Tunnel coming back into operation on 21 November 2011, transforming North East motoring and dramatically reducing congestion on one of the UK’s busiest A roads.

Thousands of people across many different specialist areas have contributed to the New Tyne Crossing project which was official opened by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on 18 July 2012.

Explore this site to find out more about the making of the New Tyne Crossing…