The Tyne and Wear Metro has enjoyed a boost in ticket sales and passenger numbers thanks to the Great North Run, on a weekend of world class sport for North East England.
Nexus, the public body that owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, says that Metro carried 90,000 passengers on the day of the Great North Run – more than in 2018 – delivering strong ticket sales. A total of 10,400 passengers used the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service.
Extra Metro services were successfully delivered by an army of 400 staff, with trains every seven and a half minutes from South Shields to clear the huge queues of runners and spectators – Metro’s busiest day of the year.
And there was a further boost for Metro as people opted to use its service to see the England’s Rugby Union international at St James’ Park on Friday, and the Tour of Britain cycling event on Monday.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The Great North Run was once again a fantastic day for Metro and the whole region.
“We carried more than 91,000 passengers and we’ve seen excellent ticket sales – Metro is a public service operated without a profit, so this all helps meet the cost of supporting the event.
“The last few days have showcased much that is good about the Tyne and Wear Metro as a mass transport system. Many months of meticulous planning has paid off.
“It was amazing to see so many thousands using our services, with very positive feedback from runners and spectators. It was a brilliant atmosphere and people had a fantastic day. The Great North Run puts the eyes of the world on our region and there’s nothing quite like it. It’s one of the best mass participation events in the world.
“We’re already planning for 2020, when the Great North Run and Tyne and Wear Metro will both be celebrating our 40th anniversaries.”
The cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service carried 10,400 passengers on the day of the Great North Run.