YH11 LMU This Land Rover Discovery 4 is used at the Tyne Tunnel as a Tunnel Patrol vehicle. It is operated by a company called TT2 who run the four tunnels under the River Tyne in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In the background is the River Tyne and one of the North Portals into the tunnel.
The rear view. Notice the blue flashing light bar, with the option of red-only to the rear. The Discovery’s livery is designed to compliment the TT2 company logo.
Inside the rear are equipment including fire extinguishers and a skate. In years gone by, the team would be primarily focussed on fire fighting and carried a lot of firefighing equipment. The introduction of a tunnel misting system to put fires out removed the need for this today.
A closer look at the rear of the Discovery.
The South entrance to the tunnel from inside vehicle “Tunnel 4”.
LD08 OMJ This Land Rover Discovery 3 is “Tunnel 1” and is used to patrol the Tyne Tunnels. On the front are two large black pads. These rubber pads are used to push broken-down vehicles out of the tunnel. The soft rubber avoids any damage. This system is preferred to towing vehicles a few hundred metres to get them out of the tunnel.
A look at the side livery of the Discovery.
The Discovery is parked up, observing vehicles using the North exit. Automated toll booths are used.
A close-up look at the light bar fitted. Eight panels of red LEDs can be seen on the lower layer, with blue lights on top.