Extra Metro services for this year’s Great North Run

Great North Run Credit: PA

There will be more Tyne and Wear Metro services for this year's Great North Run after delays of up to 90 minutes in previous years.

Runners and spectators are still being advised to allow extra time for their journeys on 10 September.

The additional Metro services will be running until early evening, when the timetable returns to normal, with trains running every seven and a half minutes between Newcastle city centre and South Shields.

There will be around eight trains an hour from South Shields.

85,000

Number of people who use the network on the day f the GNR

“A significant amount of planning has gone into this year’s Great North Run and extra resources are in place to manage the huge level of demand and to allow us to provide a good service to our customers on what is one of Metro’s busiest days of the year. “However, I would advise customers to expect long queues and trains to be extremely busy. Runners and spectators should allow extra time for their journeys and purchase tickets in advance to avoid further queues at ticket machines on the day. “We will have lots of staff on the ground at key locations across the network who will be able to provide advice and assistance to customers. We will clear queues as quickly as possible but it will take time so I would ask customers to remain patient.” “We also want to make sure passengers are safe and as comfortable as possible when travelling throughout the day. Remember to stay hydrated before, during and after the run. Trains will be busy - if train windows are closed open them to help keep cool. And if you feel unwell leave the train and speak to staff at the station, or use the station Help Point to speak to staff.”

Metro Services Director, Chris Carson

Metro is encouraging customers to avoid queuing at the ticket machines on the day by buying a Metro ticket in advance.