How will the Tyne and Wear Metro be operating on Great North Run day? Additional trains, closed stations and more

The build up to the big day is underway and the metro have announced their plans.

How will the Tyne and Wear Metro be operating on Great North Run day? Additional trains, closed stations and more
How will the Tyne and Wear Metro be operating on Great North Run day? Additional trains, closed stations and more

Runners are going through their final weeks of training and families are picking out their best spots to cheer on their loved ones ahead of the Great North Run, and the Tyne and Wear Metro is also preparing for one of the busiest weekends in the system’s calendar.

The route this year sees the race return to its popular end at South Shields seafront after starting at Newcastle’s Town Moor. Participants will then head over the Tyne Bridge and through Gateshead and South Tyneside before finishing at the coast.

Which Tyne and Wear Metro stations will be closed on the day of the Great North Run?

In order to assist with the movement and flow of people around Newcastle and South Tyneside, four stations will be closed at various points throughout the day. This will mean no trains will stop at these points with Nexus offering alternative stations.

Haymarket in the city centre will be exit only from 8am until 10:40am with the system suggesting passengers use Jesmond station instead.

Jesmond itself will be closed from 10:40am until the early afternoon, as will Manors with Nexus suggesting Haymarket as an alternative stop for both stations.

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Finally, Chichester on the Pelaw to South Shields line will be closed from around 1pm until the early evening.

Specific times will be dependant on crowds and events throughout the day.

Will there be additional metro trains for the Great North Run?

Nexus have confirmed there will be a series of additional trains used throughout the system to ensure everyone across the region can travel.

These services will mainly be put into place before and after the race to ensure runners can travel, although large queues are still expected at the start and finish points.

The metro is also offering participants and spectators the chance to buy a Great North Run Day Rover ticket which covers buses and the Shields Ferry as well as the Metro system. This can be bought for £6 online with no need to carry money, smart cards or bank cards.