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The Tyne pedestrian and cycle tunnels built 50 years ago have been awarded Grade II-listed status by arts minister Alan Howarth. The pedestrian tunnel in Wallsend is believed to be longest of its kind in the UK at 300m, and the tunnels were thought to be the longest in the world when they were constructed. 'Unique in concept, they are fine examples of municipal architecture and civil engineering with virtually all of the original fabric and machinery still intact,' Howarth said.

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