Ferry queue on Great North Run day
4 September 2017

The Shields Ferry will have both of its vessels operating in tandem for Sunday’s Great North Run, with 10,000 passengers expected to use the river crossing.

Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne service, needs to have both ferries in use due to the huge volume of people who rely on the service to get from South Shields to North Shields after the run.

Ferry services will commence on Sunday from 8.45am and will run until 6pm. Click here for our Great North Run travel info page.

With both vessels running there will be a river crossing every seven and a half minutes, moving 1,300 passengers per hour during the busiest part of Sunday afternoon.

Extra staff will be on duty to manage the long queues in South Shields and to provide passengers with customer service.

The ferry queue will build from 1pm and will grow in numbers between 1pm and 3pm, reaching maximum capacity at around 3pm. traditionally the last of the queue clears at 6.15pm-6.30pm.

Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “The Great North Run is our busiest day of the year, so both of the ferries will be running to cope with the high demand. We will carry more passengers in that single day than at any other time of the year.

“There will be long queues to get on board but we will clear these as quickly as we can. Extra staff are going to be on duty to provide information and assistance to customers.”

All zone Metrosaver tickets and Metro Great North Run wristbands are valid for travel on the Shields Ferry.

The two vessels in operation in the day of the Great North Run are Pride of the Tyne and Spirit of the Tyne.

To plan your journey in advance call Nexus on 0191 20 20 747 or use Live Travel Map on the Nexus website.

Updates are also on the Shields Ferry Facebook page.


Ferry skipper Chris McGuinness on the plans for the Great North Run