POLICE are reminding people of road closures around Tyneside during the Bupa Great North Run this weekend.
Some 57,000 runners have registered for this year’s event which will start at 10.40am on Sunday.
The main race follows the wheelchair race at 10.10am and the women’s elite race, which starts at 10.15am.
The event runs from Newcastle to South Shields using the North West Radial route, Central Motorway, Tyne Bridge, Felling by-pass, the A194, John Reid Road, King George Road, Prince Edward Road, Redwell Lane and the Coast Road.
Roads throughout the route will be affected by closures and diversions, which will be signposted, will be in place.
Chief Inspector Sheila Foggo, who is in charge of the police operation for the event, said: “The Great North Run is always a hugely enjoyable event for the North East, attracting thousands of competitors and spectators in the UK and from many countries across the world.
“We want people visiting and taking part in the event to enjoy the day, and we are working closely with the organisers, local authorities and other emergency services to deliver a safe and enjoyable event.
“We have been working closely with other agencies to ensure the planned event passes smoothly with as minimum disruption as possible, but we are reminding people roads and transport networks are likely to be busy, and some delays are inevitable, especially in the South Shields area after the race.”
The following closures will be in place:
From 8pm on Saturday to 5pm on Sunday
* The (A167) Central motorway
* Cowgate Roundabout, Grandstand Road Interchange to the Great North Road (B1318) Interchange
From 8.45am to 5pm
* (A167) Central motorway to the Tyne Bridge
* Great North Road Interchange (B1318) to Park Lane (A184)
From 9am to 5pm
* (A184) Park Lane, Gateshead, Felling By-pass to Whitemare Pool Interchange
From 9.45am to 4pm
* South Shields (A194) Leam Lane from Whitemare Pool Interchange, Leam Lane to (A1300) John Reid Road roundabout
* John Reid Road (A1300) to Prince Edward Road (A1300) to Redwell Lane, Coast Road (A183) roundabout
From 9am to 5pm
* Coast Road (A183) from Redwell Lane to Mowbray Road
From 2.45am to 5pm
* Bents Park Road in South Shields. Sea Way to Mowbray Road
From 2pm to 5pm
-* Coast Road (A183) from Marsden Rock to Redwell Lane (northbound only)
Roads will re-open once all runners have passed through and the roads have been cleaned, which in the case of the Newcastle and Gateshead sections should be around 5pm.
Competitors and spectators are advised to use public transport wherever possible.
Between 7am and 5pm on Sunday, Nexus will operate a frequent Metro service between Newcastle Airport and South Shields and a 10-minute service on the North Tyne route.
A 10-minute service will run between Sunderland and Pelaw.
An extra service will operate from Kingston Park between 8am and 8.30am to cater for peak travel. Metro services on the North Tyne routes will run a 10-minute service.
The cross-Tyne Ferry between North Shields and South Shields will run two ferries continuously: No 1 – 8.45am to 7pm and No 2 - as demand dictates (available 10am – 5pm).
In South Shields, there will be a continuous bus service between Bents Park Road and either Newcastle, depending on road openings, or Heworth.
There will be a shuttle service between Bents Park Road and Church Way to service the town centre car parks and ferry.
There will also be an additional shuttle service between the North Shields ferry landing and the North Shields Metro Station.
Further details of road closures and alternative transport is available at www.nexus.org.uk or www.greatrun.org