Tyne’s pedestrian and cycle tunnels are set to receive £6 million for improvements, pending the say so of the Tyne and Wear tranpsort authority, according to Journallive.co.uk.
The tunnels, created almost 60 years ago, have seen a rise in the number of users. Last year 244,615 cycled or walked in the facility, almost 50,000 more than used it a decade ago. Despite the growing figures, a recent survey revealed that there is ‘widespread ignorance’ of the existence of the tunnels.
£500,000 had already been allocated to upgrade the vertical lifts. The proposed £6m upgrade will be put to the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority later this week.
Improvements planned include the replacement of an excalator on each bank of the river by a ‘reclining’ lift, and improved signage integrated with the Metro system to draw attention to the Tyne tunnel.