Engineers have started working to preserve the Grade II*-listed through-arch structure with a scope of works that covers over 900 steelwork repairs and also includes grit blasting, repainting, concrete repairs, drainage improvements, stonework and masonry repairs, bridge deck waterproofing and resurfacing, parapet protection and bridge joint replacement.

The bridge carries up to 70,000 vehicles daily between the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, approximately 445km north of London.

A smaller restoration had been initially planned but it was later expanded after an inspection in summer 2022 revealed the wear damage was more extensive than anticipated. The findings included corrosion of the steel work caused by peeling paintwork, damaged deck joints, leaking drains and damage to the road surface and pavements.

Esh Construction is carrying out the work on behalf of the Newcastle and Gateshead Councils.

As part of the safety measures, lane closures will be put in place for a minimum of two years, with further temporary lane and overnight closures over the following two years of works.

The restoration is co-funded by the UK government, the Newcastle City Council and the Gateshead Council. The government awarded US$44.5 million (£35.2 million) in February 2024 towards the Tyne Bridge restoration and a highway upgrade. A further US$7.6 million (£6 million) is expected from the UK government.

The restoration is planned to conclude in summer 2028, ahead of the bridge’s 100th year anniversary in October 2028.