Great North Run Metro travel advice 2021

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Great North Run 2021

Great North Run is the busiest day of the year for Metro, with thousands of runners and spectators coming into the City. Not everyone will travel by Metro but our trains will be very busy.   

This year is a little different as the run route has changed.  The start will be in Newcastle as usual and the run will also end in Newcastle (Town Moor, Great North Road). 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 Jesmond again about a 15 minute walk.

There will be additional Metro services to help runners get to the start of the run and home afterwards. However, trains will still be extremely busy so please make sure you leave extra travelling time and be prepared to wait in long queues.  Crowd control queues will be in place at some stations.


The timetable for Sunday 12 September is here

Look after yourself

Wearing a face covering is a personal choice, however we encourage you to wear one if you can while in Metro stations and on trains to help keep us all safe. 

Listen to guidance from the customer service teams and to 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 the customer service team or contact control using the station Help Point.

Temporary station closures

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

  • Haymarket - No entry into the station (exit only) until about 1.00pm. Please use Jesmond. 
  • Monument - Closed all day.  Please use Central Station or Haymarket (after 1.00pm) to travel north or south and St James to travel towards Whitley Bay. Please note that trains will run through Monument Metro station without stopping. If you would normally use Monument to change platforms or trains, you will need to use a different Metro station.
  • West Jesmond - Closed all day.  Please use Jesmond.
  • Ilford Road - Closed all day.  Please use South Gosforth.

When walking to alternative stations, please take care and use pedestrian crossings or underpasses where available.

For help planning your journey call 0191 20 20 747 or use the Live Travel map.

After the run

There will be queues for Metro trains to all destinations, so please be prepared to wait. If you have a Metro ticket have it handy, if you don't have a ticket you'll be able to buy one from a member of the customer service team.  If you'd rather let the queues reduce before joining them, there are a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs in Newcastle to visit.  



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