Where and when will shuttle buses be available for the Great North Run this weekend?

Organisers are working hard to ensure participants and spectators can

The Great North Run weekend is one of the busiest the region experiences each year. With over 60,000 participants running the route this year, race organisers are doing their best to find ways to encourage a smooth movement of people.

In addition to additional Metro services and the temporary close of some stations across the day, a series of shuttle buses will also be available to fans and spectators at both ends of the route.

What number bus is the Great North Run shuttle bus?

Where and when will shuttle buses be available for the Great North Run this weekend? (LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

The main shuttle bus between Newcastle and South Shields has been allocated the title R1 for the day.

Where will the Great North Run shuttle buses run between?

There will be two shuttle bus routes throughout the day with one of these connecting Newcastle and South Shields with the other operating to the north of the River Tyne between the North Shields ferry terminal and North Shields Metro station.

The main shuttle bus, which will take people between Newcastle and South Shields will link Haymarket in Newcastle’s City Centre to Bents Park in South Shields with a full journey expected to take just under 40 minutes.

In Newcastle buses will be stopping at St Mary’s Place within the Haymarket area. while buses will stop at Bents Park Road in South Shields.

In addition to Haymarket and Bents Park, buses are also expected to stop at Percy Street and Newcastle’s Central station on the way to South Shields according to timetables released by Nexus.

Buses making the return trip from South Tyneside to Newcastle will stop at Chichester Metro and Tyne Dock before heading west towards the city centre.

When will the Great North Run shuttle buses be running between Newcastle and South Shields?

Buses from South Shields will run earlier than those from Newcastle to allow runners and their loved ones to get into Newcastle. The first bus will be at 6:15am and the final bus leaving at 5pm.

The first bus from Newcastle is scheduled to leave at 7:28am with buses leaving almost every ten minutes until 4:08pm that afternoon.

A full schedule can be found on the Nexus website.