Great North Run 2023 travel: Full Metro travel advice from Nexus for the race weekend in September
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The iconic route from Newcastle to South Shields remains in place this year and Nexus, the body which operates the Tyne and Wear Metro has announced its plans for the huge weekend to ensure the transport system and general North East can still run smoothly throughout the event, which takes place on Sunday, September 10 this year.
How to get to the Great North Run start line
Anyone with a place in the race should head to Exhibition Park and the Town Moor near the city centre. This is around a 15 minute walk from Haymarket which can be reached on the Metro and various bus routes across the region.
Eldon Square bus station is also very close to the start line.
Shuttle bus services will also be running to Haymarket and Barras Bridge from South Shields, allowing anyone staying near the finish to get into Newcastle easily.
Nexus has warned that Metro trains, buses and traffic will be extremely busy and are suggesting runners should leave plenty of time to get to the race start.
I want to watch the Great North Run, where and how should I travel?
Nexus recommends anyone wanting to see loved ones during their run should select one spot along the route and wait there, rather than hopping along the route as all trains will be very busy.
Anyone heading to the race finish can take the metro to South Shields and walk to the finish area from there. This may take around 15-20 minutes on race day.
Regular shuttle buses between Haymarket and South Shields will also continue throughout the day. The Shields Ferry will also operate extra crossings between North Shields and South Shields and will start at 8.45am and run until around 6pm.
These metros and shuttle buses can also be used to return to Newcastle following the race.
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Which Metro stations will be closed on Great North Run race day?
In order to ensure the safe movement of traffic and crowd control, some stations on the Metro system will be temporarily closed.
Haymarket will be exit only between 8am and 10:40am. Anyone wanting to enter the station should use Jesmond.
Jesmond will be closed from 10:40am until the early afternoon. Anyone wanting to use the station should use Haymarket.
Manors will be closed from 10:40am until the early afternoon. Anyone wanting to use the station should use Haymarket.
At the other end of the race, Chichester will be closed from 1pm until the early evening. Anyone wanting to use the station should use South Shields.
What about after the race?
Nexus is warning the entire Metro system will be very busy following the race and anyone wanting to leave South Shields should be prepared to wait or use pubs, cafes and more around South Shields to pass the time.