Great North Run Metro Travel Guide

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If you are visiting Tyneside for the Great North Run weekend next month then you may find this comprehensive guide to the Tyne & Wear Metro for the Great North Run weekend useful…

The official travel advice from Metro is as follows…

Travel guide

With road closures as well as limited parking, public transport is the best way to get to or from the Great North Run for both runners and spectators. There will be extra bus services, Tyne & Wear Metro trains and ferry trips throughout the day to help you get around as quickly and easily as possible.

Race start – Newcastle upon Tyne

Travelling to the race start. The race start is about a 15 minute walk from Haymarket in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. There is a Metro station and bus station at Haymarket, as well as buses going to nearby Eldon Square bus station and many on-street bus stops.

Shuttle bus services will also be running to Haymarket and Barras Bridge from the finish area in South Shields – see the race start map attached below for details. Parking is free all day on Sundays at the Metro stations marked with a “P” on the Metro map (except at Heworth, which is £1.20 all day).

Metro trains, buses and traffic will be extremely busy, so please leave plenty of time to get to the race start.

Details of opening arrangements at Jesmond and Haymarket Metro stations are shown on the race start map attached below. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.

Advice for spectators

If you are seeing friends or relatives off at the start of the race, we recommend that you then head straight to South Shields if you want to try to see them finish. Or, just choose one place to see them – at the race start, or somewhere on the route, or at the race finish.

If you are heading to the race finish…

Take the Metro from Haymarket or Monument to South Shields – there will be a train every seven and a half minutes once the race has started.

Shuttle bus services will also be running from Haymarket and Barras Bridge to the finish area.

The Shields Ferry will operate extra crossings between North Shields and South Shields and will start at 8.45am. Shuttle buses will connect North Shields Metro station and ferry landing.

Race finish – South Shields

Getting home from the race finish… Metro, the Shields Ferry and buses will be very busy due to the number of people travelling, so please expect a significant wait on the way home.

Avoid the queues by having a meal or drink in South Shields before you head home.

South Shields Metro station is about a 15 minute walk from the finish line – there will be a train every seven and a half minutes after the race.

Shuttle bus services will run to Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

The Shields Ferry between South Shields and North Shields will operate extra crossings and will run until 6.00pm. Shuttle buses will connect North Shields ferry landing and North Shields Tyne & Wear Metro station.

Details of the opening arrangements at Chichester Metro station are shown on the race finish map. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.

You can see a summary of available ticket prices here…

Great North Run Tyne and Wear Metro Ticket Prices

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Harton Quays Craft Markets

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If you are staying with us over this May bank holiday weekend then you might like to visit the craft market that will be taking place at Harton Quays. Harton Quays is located in the Mill Dam area of South Shields near The Customs House, the 24 hour ASDA supermarket on Coronation Street, One Harton Quay business centre and South Shields ferry terminal on the south bank of the river Tyne. We can provide you with a walking/driving map to help you get there, just ask. On foot it’s about ten minutes walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation.

Harton Quays Craft Markets are taking place on Sunday 3rd May 2015, Sunday 7th June 2015, Sunday 5th July 2015, Sunday 2nd August 2015 and and Sunday 6th September 2015 from 10.30am until 3pm. Entry is free and you can pick up gifts and unique, hand-crafted or unusual products such as ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, mixed media, recycled materials, painting and photography.

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Seal Next To The Shields Ferry (North Shields)


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Passengers arriving at North Shields this morning can have the pleasure of looking at our resident seal which has been here since yesterday afternoon. We have been assured by the RSPCA that she is fine and just resting, she can be seen lying on the old slipway to the left hand side of the Bridge. Sorry but she is camera shy.

A picture of the seal…

Seal at North Shields

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