Great North Run 2022 Metro travel information

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Great North Run 2022

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

This year the run returns to the usual route.  The start will be in Newcastle and the run will end in South Shields. 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 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.

Save time and buy your travel ticket in advance from a Metro ticket machine (£6.00 Great North Run Special Day Rover Adult, valid on Metro, the Shields Ferry and all buses from South Shields) or buy in advance a Great North Run travel wristband.

Look after yourself
Listen to guidance from our 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 a station Help Point.

Temporary station closures
To assist with the movement of customers and improve crowd control we'll be temporarily closing the following stations:

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

Please note, closure times may vary on the day depending on operational requirements.

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

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 South Shields to visit.  

Revised Metro timetables showing times for key stations.  For help planning your journey call 0191 20 20 747 (lines are open Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm) or use the Live Travel Map

More Great North Run travel advice.

Changes to Metro services on Monday 12 September
A 12 week Major Line Closure will begin on Monday 12 September between Pelaw and South Shields, to allow for the Metro Flow project to continue.  No trains will be running between Pelaw and South Shields in either direction.  Replacement bus services will be running, service 900 calling at or close to all stops between Heworth and South Shields and an express bus service X900 calling at Heworth, Jarrow and South Shields only.  

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