Travelling by Metro on Great North Run day

Metro travel on Great North Run day

Great North Run day is the busiest day of the year for Metro.  Haymarket station in Newcastle city centre is the closest to the start of the run (about a 15 minute walk) and South Shields station is the closest to the finish line (about a 15 minute walk).

Extra services will be running to help get runners and spectators to the start of the run and home afterwards.  However trains will still be extremely busy, so we recommend that you plan your journey in advance and leave extra travel time especially if you're taking part in the run as trains and stations will be very busy from early in the day.  To help plan your journey call 0191 20 20 747 (open Monday - Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm) or use the Live Travel Map.

Buy your Metro ticket in advance

Avoid queuing at the ticket machines on the day of Great North Run; buy your Metro ticket in advance:

  • from any Metro ticket machine by selecting 'GN Run 10/9 Adult' or 'GN Run 10/9 Child' on the main screen

Or, buy a Metro wristband:

  • here (until 5.00pm Friday 1 September)
  • from any Nexus TravelShop
  • at the Great North Run Pasta Party on Saturday 9 September


If you plan to see your friends or relatives take part in the Great North Run, we advise that you select one location to see them - either setting off at the start, at a midway point or near the finishing line.  If you intend to travel on Metro and you have a charity balloon, please ensure the string is secure, kept short and you have tight hold of it at all times.

Temporary station closures

To assist with the movement of passengers, improve crowd control and manage the queues some stations will need to be closed before and after the run.  Staff will be present to assist.

  • Haymarket station - no entry into the station (exit only) between 8.00am and 10.40am, please use Monument station instead.
  • Jesmond station - the station will be closed from 10.40am until early afternoon.  Please use Haymarket station instead.
  • Chichester station - the station will be closed from 3.00pm until later in the day.  Please use South Shields station instead.

After the run

South Shields will be very busy after the run and a queuing system will be in place for anyone wishing to travel by Metro (to all destinations). The queues will be very long so please be prepared to wait for long periods.  There will be entertainment nearby to help pass the time.  If you have a Metro ticket have this handy, if you need to buy a ticket speak to one of the staff who will be selling them to the queue.

If you'd prefer to wait before joining the queue you could visit one of the many cafes, restaurants or pubs in South Shields.

Look after yourself

Remember to stay hydrated before, during and after the run.  Trains will be busy - if train windows are closed open them to help keep cool.  If you feel unwell leave the train and speak to staff at the station, or use the station Help Point to speak to staff.

You'll find our handy Metro travel guide below.  Additonal travel information and advice is available here.