Great North Run travel advice

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Great North Run 2018

Great North Run is the busiest day of the year for Metro.  The run this year is expected to have about 57,000 runners and there will be thousands of spectators along the route.  

The nearest station to the start of the run is Haymarket in Newcastle city centre; about a 15 minute walk to the start line.  The nearest station to the end of the run is South Shields; about a 15 minute walk from the finish line.

Extra services will be running but trains and stations will be very busy so we recommend leaving extra time for your journey.  Crowd control queues will be in place at some stations so be prepared to queue before being able to board a train. 

Avoid ticket machine queues on the day

Buy your Great North Run wristband at the Great North Run Pasta Party on Saturday 8 September or a Metro Day ticket in advance from any Metro ticket machine.  

Look after yourself

Listen to guidance from staff and station announcements. When waiting on platforms stand behind the yellow line and when the train arrives allow people to get off before trying to board. Remember to stay hydrated before, during and after the run.  If you feel unwell speak to a member of staff or contact staff using the station Help Point.


If you plan to watch a friend or family member take part in the run, we recommend you select one place on the route to see them as it will be almost impossible to see them in more than one location due to stations and trains being very busy.

After the run

In South Shields after the run two queuing systems will be in place, both queues are for Metro trains to all destinations.  In previous years the maximum waiting time in the queue has been about 90 minutes. If you have a Metro ticket have it handy, if you don't have a ticket you'll be able to buy one from staff.  If you'd rather let the queues reduce before joining them, there are a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs in South Shields to visit. 

Temporary station closures

Some stations will be closed temporarily or have reduced access to assist with the movement of passengers and improve crowd control.

  • Haymarket - No entry into the station (exit only) from 8.00am until 10.40am. Please use Monument instead. 
  • Jesmond and Manors - Closed from 10.40am until early afternoon.  Please use Haymarket or Monument instead. 
  • Chichester - Closed from 1.00pm until early evening. Please use South Shields.   

More travel advice for Great North Run day is available here.  For help planning your journey call 0191 20 20 747 or use the Live Travel map.


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