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How to get around Newcastle during the Rugby World Cup at St James' Park

Newcastle is playing host to the Rugby World Cup for three matches:

  • South Africa v Scotland - Saturday, October 3rd - 16:45
  • New Zealand v Tonga - Friday, October 9th - 20:00
  • Samoa v Scotland - Saturday, Oct 10th - 14:30

Use this guide to help you plan the best way to get to and from St James' Park during the tournament's time in Newcastle.

Road closures:

  • Barrack Road
  • Strawberry Place
  • Pitt Street
  • Leazes Terrace
  • St Andrew's Street - only Taxis will have access

Road closures will begin at 12:45 on October 3rd, 16:00 on October 9th and 10:30 on October 10th. Click here to see a full size map.

Credit: Rugby World Cup 2015

Taxis:

  • There is no set-down or pick-up allowed at the venue on match days
  • Spectators should advise their driver to use the preferred set-down and pick-up points at Strawberry Lane/Gallowgate or the bus station and rail station

Rail:

  • Newcastle Central Station is the closest to St James' Park
  • Organisers have warned spectators not to leave it to the last train on the day of the New Zealand v Tonga match on the evening of Friday, October 9th as many others will be doing the same
Credit: Nexus

Metro:

  • Nearest Metro Stations: Haymarket, Monument or St James
  • For further information click here

Bus:

  • Use Haymarket for services from Northumberland and the north
  • Use Eldon Square for services from County Durham and the south
  • These are located adjacent to each other on Percy Street, next to Haymarket Metro station

Air:

  • Newcastle Airport is five miles from the stadium
  • It is around a 25 minute journey from the Airport to St James' Park via the Metro. The service runs approximately every 12 minutes
  • A taxi takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately £20-25
Credit: PA

Walking:

  • The stadium is a 10 minute walk (about 500 metres) from the city centre, bus and rail stations and the Fanzone

Parking:

There is no dedicated spectator car parking at the stadium other than for blue badge holders. Others should use:

  • Newcastle Falcons (NE13 8AF), which is open 05:00-00:00
  • Once parked one can take the Metro from Kingston Park to Haymarket or Monument Station
  • Metrocentre Coach Park (NE11 9YG), which is open all day
  • From there several bus services provide a direct link to the stadium
  • Park & Ride spaces are limited so spectators are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment
  • There are also a limited number of pre-bookable spaces available within 15 minutes’ walk of the stadium. They cost £15 for 1 day and £20 for 2 days and can be booked by emailing - emaileventparking@newcastle.gov.uk

For more information to plan your journey click here.

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