Tunnel work early finish; REMEMBER WHEN.
WORK to refurbish the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels may finish ahead of schedule.
A change to the schedule of the pounds 500,000 lift repair and refurbishment work means both lifts may be back in service by the end of the year, two months earlier than expected.
The original schedule meant users of the tunnels would have had to wait until February 2011 before both lifts were in service.
There will, however, be a period of three months when neither lift will be working.
Work on the lift at the Jarrow entrance began last month and is expected to continue until November 15.
Work on the lift at the Howdon entrance will begin on August 9 and is expected to continue until the end of the year.
Paul Fenwick, project director for the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA), said: "The vertical lift and escalator service currently provided at the tunnels is not what we would like.
"The Jarrow lift has been out of service for many months and three of the four escalators have broken down.
"We took the decision to reschedule the works for operational and financial reasons. We hope customers will prefer to have a reduced service now in return for an earlier completion of repair works."