Original Tyne Tunnel Sun Visor Disappears as Transformation Works Continue

6th May 2011

The sun visor at the Jarrow entrance of the 1967-built Tyne Tunnel will be demolished this weekend (7th and 8th May 2011) as part of the major refurbishment works underway at the original road tunnel.

The sun visor played an important part in enabling motorists to adjust to the different lighting levels inside and outside the tunnel upon leaving or entering.

In future, artificial lighting will be used to support this transition so that the area above the structure can be covered over, grassed and opened up for public enjoyment.

Trevor Jackson, managing director of TT2, said: “By replacing the old sun visor with a solid roof we are creating a foundation for a new landscape above it. In the past, residents of Jarrow have had a compound in their midst within which the sun visor was protected. Soon local people will have a wide open space to enjoy, part of the green vision they have helped us to create under the New Tyne Crossing project.”

The demolition works will take place between 8.00am and 6.00pm on Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May at the site between St. Bede’s RC Primary School and Stothard Street in Jarrow. No road or footpath closures are required to enable these works to take place.

Original Tunnel Sun Visor set for demolition