Great North Run 2023 will be starting in the city centre and travelling to South Shields. As always, road closures will affect the surrounding areas, so make sure you plan your trip in advance!

Please note that the following road closures outline the legal road closure times which have been permitted by the relevant authorities, however the actual closure times when participants are using the roads will be managed by professional stewards to minimise disruption.

Great North Run road closures

A167 Central Motorway

From 8pm on Saturday, September 9 until 6.30pm on Sunday, September 10

A167 Central Motorway. Cowgate Roundabout/ Grandstand Rd Interchange to Great North Rd (B1318 Interchange)

A167 Central Motorway, Great North Road

From 8.45am until 5pm on Sunday

A167 Central Motorway, closed from Great North Road Interchange (B1318) to Park Lane (A184)


From 9am until 5pm on Sunday

A184 Park Lane/Felling Bypass to Whitemare Pool Interchange

A194 (M)

From 9.45am until 4pm on Sunday

Whitemare Pool Interchange/Leam Lane to John Reid Road Roundabout (A1300)

John Reid Rd (A1300)

From 9.45am until 4pm on Sunday

John Reid Rd (A1300) to Prince Edward Rd (A1300) to Redwell Lane/Coast Rd (A183) roundabout

Coast Road (A183)

From 8am until 5.30pm on Sunday

Coast Road (A183) closed from Redwell Lane to Mowbray Road

Bents Park Road

From 2.45am on Sunday until 5.30pm

Sunday 10th. Bents Park Rd. Closed from Sea Way to Mowbray Rd

Coast Road (A183)

From 2pm until 5.30pm on Sunday

Coast Road (A183) closed from Marsden Rock to Redwell Lane (Northbound only)

    Travel advice from Nexus about travelling by Metro

    • Allow extra time for your journeys if you are using the Tyne and Wear Metro over the Great North Run weekend
    • Pre-book your Metro ticket to avoid queues. BOOK HERE

    For help planning your journey call 0191 20 20 747 or use the Metro Live Travel map.

    Visit for up-to-date travel information.

    Advice for spectators

    If you want to see friends or relatives take part in the run, we recommend that you just choose one place to see them - at the race start in Newcastle, or somewhere on the route, or at the race finish in South Shields. It is almost impossible to see a runner in more than one location, as public transport will be very busy, and it takes time to reach the route.

    Metro Closures

    Nexus will be temporarily closing the following stations to help with crowd control:

    • Haymarket: No entry into the station (exit only) from about 8.00am until the about 10.40am. Please use Monument instead.
    • Jesmond: Closed from 10.40am until early afternoon. Please use Haymarket or Monument instead.
    • Manors: Closed from 10.40am until early afternoon. Please use Haymarket or Monument instead.
    • Chichester: Closed from 1.00pm until early evening. Please use South Shields instead.

    Closure times may vary on the day depending on the operational requirements.

      If you're heading to the race finish:

      • Take the Metro from Haymarket or Monument to South Shields - there will be a train every 7½ minutes once the race has started.
      • Shuttle bus services will also be running from Haymarket (St Mary's Place and Percy Street) 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 7½ minutes after the race.
      • Shuttle bus services will run to Newcastle 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 Metro station.

      Details of the opening arrangements at Chichester Metro station are detailed here. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.

      Great North Run Rover Tickets

      Great North Run Rover Tickets can be used on:

      • Metro
      • Any bus service in Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland
      • The Shields Ferry
      • Northern trains between Newcastle and Sunderland

      Day and single tickets are available as wristbands from the Nexus Online Store, and the day version is also available as a paper ticket from Metro station ticket machines. You can but the wristband here up until the 31st August. 

      All operators will be accepting each other's single, return and day tickets for journeys from South Shields, making it simpler for you to hop on the ­first bus, Metro (or Shields Ferry) that comes.

      Buying tickets in advance



      Buy wristbands fromBuy tickets from
      Great North Run Rover Day Ticket£6.00

      Metro station ticket machines
      Great North Run Rover Single Ticket£3.90

      Only available as a wristband
      Wristbands are on sale until 31st August 2023

      Buying tickets on the day



      Buy tickets from
      Great North Run Rover Day Ticket£6.00Metro station ticket machines or on buses

      Take the kids for free: up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry, all day, every day when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Find out more about take the kids for free here