It’s almost time for this year’s Great North Run.
As most South Tynesiders know, the borough gets swamped with runners and spectators and by the afternoon up to 75,000 people are trying to leave South Shields.
Here’s a guide to what’s happening on Sunday.
A number of roads will be closed on Sunday as runners complete the 13.1 mile half marathon.
Here’s the roads which will be shut in South Tyneside:
A194 Leam Lane will be closed from 9.45am to 4pm between the White Mare Pool Interchange to John Reid Road roundabout (A1300).
A1300 John Reid Road will be closed from 9.45am to 4pm. It will be closed to Prince Edward Road (A1300) to Redwell Lane / Coast Road (A183) roundabout.
A183 Redwell Lane / Coast Road roundabout will be closed from 9am to 5pm to the Coast Road (A183) roundabout with Sea Road and Mowbray Road.
Bents Park Road, South Shields, will be closed 2.45am to 5pm.
Park in town centre for attending finish line
Most people in South Tyneside know it’s best to leave their cars at home on Great North Run day.
Those who wish to head down to the finish line are encouraged to park in South Shields town centre car parks, and walk the remaining distance, as these will be less congested and easier to leave once the race is finished. For those parking on the seafront, expect delays.
Up to 2pm there will be one exit from the Leas parking area, drivers will have to leave southbound from the kiosk on the A184. From 2pm there will be two exits open for northbound traffic, via the A183 and Redwell Lane/Lizard Lane.
Use public transport
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.