THE historic River Tyne pedestrian and cyclist tunnels are to reopen to the public at noon on Wednesday.

The Grade-II listed structure closed for refurbishment in May 2013 and since then cyclists and pedestrians have been bussed across the Tyne between Jarrow and Howdon via the Tyne vehicle tunnels.

The shuttle bus will continue to operate until the end of August.

The tunnels will be open between 6am and 8pm, seven days a week until they become fully operational in September. The night service for shift workers will continue to operate as usual until the tunnels are fully open.

Project Manager Stuart Turnbull said: “It’s a relief to have the tunnels reopen after so many false dawns.

“We can now look to the future and enjoy again the unique experience of cycling or walking under the River Tyne between Howdon and Jarrow. All the works, apart from the completion of the installation of the new inclined lifts which will replace two of the old escalators, are finished.”