Management at the Tyne Tunnel say a six-month review of changes to payment for crossings show both journey times and C02 emissions have been slashed.
The tunnels switched to a cashless, booth free system in November 2021 and the Northumberland Gazette reports that the tunnel operator TT2 says the changes have had a positive impact for commuters.
Like other free-flow operations, cameras automatically register journeys and payment needs to be made before midnight the following day.
The report says that since open road tolling was launched, TT2 say they have seen more than 10.6 million journeys made and during the first month , November 2021, 94.6% of drivers paid their toll on time, with that figure rising to 96.74% by May 2022.
On an average day, TT2 believes Northbound journeys are now 39 seconds faster and southbound trips 26 seconds quicker while claiming C02 emissions have reduced by 90%.
(Picture – TT2)