Tyne Tunnel announces important traffic change for users

It’s a temporary move as the last phase of roadworks are carried out

The Tyne Tunnel has warned drivers of changes in lanes as the final stage of roadworks gets underway.

From this morning, Monday, May 9, users need to be aware when exiting the Northbound side of the tunnel.

Vehicles using this exit will drive on the right side of the old plaza area.

If an inspection is needed, vehicles should continue to use the inspection lane on the south side of the tunnel.

After leaving the tunnel, the left lanes take vehicles onto the A19 only and the right lane to the A187 only.

A mock-up image of what to expect was shared by Tunnel operators online.

Drivers are also being told that lane two in the Northbound tunnel will be closed to allow for the work to happen.

These changes will allow for what are promised to be the "final stages" of roadworks since moving to a cashless system in November last year.

It's been a stuttering transition since the move to an Open Road Tolling last year.

Despite early indicators showing a high compliance rate and greater success than similar models across the county, a number of people received erroneous fines.

Some members of the public, who hadn't ever driven through the Tunnel, were also given random fines.

As well as quicker travel times, the Tyne Tunnel made the switch for dramatic environmental benefits.