Extra Metro trains will be in operation for the Great North Run on Sunday 12 September - and runners and spectators are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to buy special wristband tickets in advance.
The Great North Run is the busiest Sunday of the year for Tyne and Wear Metro and this year the run is expected to welcome thousands of runners and spectators.
Extra Metro trains will be running until early evening, with trains every three minutes through the centre of Newcastle to help people to the start of the run, and to get home afterwards or link with park and ride locations.
All the information customers need to travel on the day can be found at nexus.org.uk/metro/greatnorthrun
Metro is encouraging customers to avoid queuing at the ticket machines on the day by buying a Metro ticket in advance. A Great North Run wristband is the best option and is available to buy online at sales.nexus.org.uk (until 9am Monday 6 September).
Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director for Metro operator Nexus, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Great North Run participants and spectators back to metro for this year’s event. It is a different route this year, but Metro is perfectly placed to support the Run with stations in Newcastle city centre and around the Town Moor linking with our whole region.
“With wrist band tickets available in advance and PaybyPhone parking at our major car parks we’re making it easy to enjoy the Great North Run by Metro. We will be operating extra trains throughout the day and have extra teams and volunteers across our stations to look after customers.”
The Great North Run is the busiest Sunday of the year for Metro and a range of measures have been put in place this year to ensure a good service is provided to customers on the day.
Customers must wear a face covering when using Metro unless they are medically exempt.
Metro teams will keep people informed with approximate waiting times and will be available to sell Metro tickets to people in the queue.
The nearest station for the start line on Newcastle’s Central Motorway will be Haymarket, which will be ‘exit only’ through the morning to smooth the flow of runners, who have staggered start times from 9:40am to 1pm.
As people finish the event Haymarket (after 1pm), Jesmond and St James station will be open with customer service teams on hand to manage queues and sell tickets.
Monument station will be closed all day for crowd control reasons as the entrances are on the route of the run itself. West Jesmond and Ilford Road stations will also be closed all day to help Metro’s team manage queues at neighbouring stations.
For spectators planning to see friends or relatives take part in the Great North Run, Metro also advises customers to select one location to see them - either at the start and finish areas either side of the Town Moor, or at a midway point, as trains will be busy all day.
All the latest live updates on Metro services on the day of the Great North Run will be on the Metro Twitter page, @My_Metro