WORK is to begin on a £4million refurbishment of the Tyne cycle and pedestrian tunnels.
Planning permission has now been granted for improvements to the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels, between Howdon and Jarrow.
About 20,000 journeys are made through the tunnels each month.
The biggest change will be the replacement of two of the original escalators with inclined lifts.
The remaining two escalators will be opened up to public view and illuminated with lighting.
Tom Hanson, vice-chairman of the tunnels’ owners the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “This is tremendous news.
“The tunnels have served this part of Tyneside well for over 60 years but in recent times they have suffered equipment breakdowns and have looked their age.”
Work is expected to start in spring 2012 and will take about a year to complete.
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