Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, Newcastle & Gateshead
REMEMBER: This is a ticketed event. Information on pricing & availability here!
- Swing Bridge - 20:30-22:30
- Tyne Bridge - 20:30-22:30
- Millennium Bridge - 18:30-22:30
- Bottle Bank
- South Shore Road
- Quayside (City Road - Sandhill)
- Quayside Walkway (Law Courts - Swing Bridge)
- Sandhill (Close - Quayside) - local access for hotels, bars etc - access to Queen Street/Akenside Hill/Dog Bank via Dean Street and Side
- Lombard Street
- King Street
- Side (Dean Street - Quayside)
- Watergate (Sandhill - Quayside Walkway)
Nearest Stops @ Central Station, Manors, Gateshead & walk to down to the quayside.
Bupa Great North Run & Million Celebration 2014
This year is a special one indeed for the Bupa Great North Run as it will reach its one millionth finish a world first for an event of this kind.
On Thursday the 4th of September, the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside and the River Tyne will be transformed into a huge outdoor arena for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony,starring Sting and Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, the event will also feature, fireworks and a mass choreographed performances plus a giant floating sculpture and not forgetting performances from multi-platinum selling festival favourites Chase & Status, narration from Tim Healy and Jill Halfpenny and for the first time in its existence, the Sage Gateshead will be transformed into a giant screen for large scale projections of film and animation. marking the start of the official countdown to the 1 millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run.
Tickets can be bought here.
The event also sees tens of thousands of amateur runners choosing to raise money for charity through their efforts over the 13.1 mile course.
The race starts on the A167M Central Motorway in Newcastle between Claremont and Grandstand Road and the immediately heads towards the iconic Tyne Bridge. From there the course crosses into Gateshead and then turning Eastward toward South Tyneside before finishing on the Coast in South Shields.
The start assembly area is over 1km in length so please allow plenty of time to arrive at your starting zone. Your run number has been allocated according to your predicted running time, you can identify what zone you are starting in by the colour on the front of your run number, and also the letter.
There are four finishing area systems side by side at the South Shields site and marshals will guide you in. Regardless of which funnel you use your time will be automatically worked out for you by the chip system. Although it may seem very tempting to stop please keep moving as you cross the line and try not to forget that there will still be thousands of runners behind you so please Keep moving through the finish into the chip return area when you can break the plastic ties on your running shoe then hand it to the chip collection team.
To enable the safe running of the race the following road closures will be put in place
A167 From Cowgate Roundabout to Great North Road Junction(B1318)
08:45hrs - 17:00hrs
A167(M) Central Motorway including Tyne Bridge + B1318 Great North Road to A184 Park Lane
A184 Felling By-Pass to Whitemare Pool Roundabout and A194 Leam Lane
09:45hrs - 16:00hrs
A194 Leam Lane from Whitemare Pool to A1300 John Reid Road Roundabout
09:45hrs - 16:00hrs
A1300 Prince Edward Road Roundabout to A183 Redwell Lane/Coast Road A183 Roundabout
A183 Redwell Lane/Coast Road Roundabout to Roundabout with Sea Road and Mowbray Road
02:45hrs - 17:00hrs
Bents Park Road in South Shields
Diversion routes will be fully signposted, but some disruption is inevitable. Drivers are advised to take alternative routes wherever possible.
The Bupa Great North 5k
The Bupa Junior & Mini Great North Run starts on Saturday the 6th of September which takes place on a superb course straight after the Bupa Great North 5k.Youngsters aged from 3 to 8 can take part in a 1.5km event while those aged from 9 to 16 can participate in a 4km run. All runners will be chip timed and finishers will receive an event T-shirt with
As always the Quayside will be closed for the event between 06:00hrs and 19:00hrs the road closures are as follows:
There is no public parking at the start of the run, therefore public transport represents one of the best options.
Stagecoach will be operating a continuous shuttle service from 06:30hrs to 08:30hrs from the temporary car park on the grassed area in South Tyneside South of the finishing point to the start of the race.
The nearest Metro station to the start of the run is the Haymarket and the route to the start point will be well sign posted for pedestrians.
The Go North East service R1 and Stagecoach service 553. Bents Park Road is next to a number of the seafront car parks and within easy walking distance of town centre car parks within South Shields. If you are using the temporary car parking south of the finish line on the grassed area of the Leas, you can use the shuttle buses that run from the Coast Road alongside the Leas back into Newcastle.
From Heworth and Gateshead interchanges Go North East service 27 runs frequently to South Shields.
Metro travel wristbands can be bought in advance from Metro Travel Shops, or tickets can be purchased on the day. A Metro Day Saver (return) from ticket machines located at every station costs TBC (please note that many ticket machines may only accept coins).
Carlisle - Rose Hill Car Park, CA1 2RW
Doncaster - New Market Street car park, DN1 1QZ
Edinburgh - Newcraig Hall Car Park, EH21 8RX
Leeds - King Lane Car Park, LS17 7AG
York - York Racecourse, YO23 1EX.
Cost: £49.00 per person (return service)
The coach and run service picks up the runners or spectators up on the day of the run and returns them the same day coaches will depart from each location at approximately 05:30hrs and return at 15:30hrs, Coaches will drive directly to the start line where the runners will get off, and will continue to the finish where any spectators will also alight. For more information follow look at the NIRVANA Website
A167 CME Digital Media Screen Installation Road Closures
The A167 Central Motorway in Newcastle will be closed or have lane restrictions in both directions at the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout night times between August & September 2014 for the installation of a new Media Screen which will be hung on a gantry over the motorway for advertising purposes on the Northerly section of the roundabout.
The works will consist of surveying and civil engineering works for the installation and testing of the gantry which the digital media screen will be mounted onto.
The works programme is outlined below:
19th/20th August 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for surveys, inspections, structure & rebar scanning
Diversion route, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway
26th / 27th August 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the removal of coping units, Diamond drilling and the installation of anchors.
Diversion route, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway.
3rd September 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the pulling out / testing of anchor points to retaining walls and bridge parapet/deck.
Diversion route, closure of inside lane on both North and Southbound carriageways at underpass.
16th/17th September 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the Installation of the gantry structure, supports and the media screen.
Diversion route, closure of North and Southbound carriageways, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway
A188/A189 Major Improvement Works, North Tyneside
North Tyneside Council applied for and won £2.2m from the Department for Transport to carry out major improvement works on the A188/A189 Benton Road corridor.
- A191 / A188 Four Lane Ends Roundabout - Replacing the existing roundabout to a signalised junction
- A188 / Goathland Avenue / West Farm Avenue Roundabout - Replacing the existing roundabout to a signalised junction
- Quorum / Balliol Business Parks Roundabout - Installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout
- A188-A189 Benton Lane / Salters’ Lane Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout
- A189 next to White House Farm - Install a new signalised roundabout with Pegasus crossing & new bus stops
- A1056-A189 Sandy Lane / Killingworth Way Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout
- Eastern side of A188 Benton Lane / Goathland Avenue junction to Quorum Business Park - Improved off-road pedestrian and cycle links
Construction is due to start this summer. The works will cause some disruption, however every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.
Major works in Sunderland and South Tyneside in 2014
on seven major schemes to help traffic flows are set to start in 2014
in Sunderland and South Tyneside.
The works will lay the ground for further developments following confirmation of the Sunderland City Deal in Partnership with South Tyneside.
More than £9m has been earmarked for the infrastructure schemes to help traffic entering and exiting the A19 corridor and support economic growth.
The improvements will assist with:
Reducing traffic congestion and improving journey times on key routes
Opening up access to key employment sites within the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and the Nissan plant
The development of a 100 hectare International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) to the north and west of the Nissan plant as part of the recently announced Sunderland and South Tyneside City Deal.
Other planned works include improvements to Sunderland's pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
has been made available from Central Government with £5m from the
Regional Growth Fund, £4.17m from the Local Pinch Point Fund, plus
contributions from Sunderland City Council (£500,000).
The 2014 schemes include:
Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council
Updated traffic signalling the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council
The Highways Agency is planning works to the A19/A1231 junctions. These comprise:
• Widening the eastbound A1231 approach to the A19 to three lanes
Conversion of existing A19 junction with the A1290 to traffic signal control to improve the main north-south access route to Nissan and reduce existing queues of traffic on the A19 – works carried out by South Tyneside Council
(5) A1290/Nissan Access
Updated traffic signalling at the A1290 junction with Washington Road, improving staff and visitor access to the Nissan car manufacturing plant – works carried out by Sunderland City Council
(6) A1290/Cherry Blossom Way
Conversion of existing A1290 junction with Cherry Blossom Way to traffic signal control improving the ease and safe use of access to and from the Nissan distribution depots and other local supply chains - works carried out by Sunderland City Council
Works improving the cycling network and connectivity between Nissan and the residential areas at Washington, Pattinson and North Sunderland. This includes off carriageway cycleways alongside the A1290, linking to Sulgrave Road roundabout and Albany Park, and Pattinson Road – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.
Works on the first phase of the A1290 cycleways have already begun.
The first road junction works on the A1290 are timetabled for an April start.
The Highways Agency is programming its works between May and November 2014.
Details of further start dates for the remaining schemes will be announced through the year.
A1 Improvements: Coal House-MetroCentre, Gateshead
The Highways Agency is making improvements to the A1 around Gateshead with a target start of works date of 26 August 2014. The scheme is planned to be open to traffic by spring 2016.
For further information regarding these works please contact Lynne Biddles at Highways Agency, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS119AT. Alternatively, call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or email email@example.com
Further info may be found at http://www.highways.gov.uk/A1CoalHouseMetroCentre
A1 Improvements: Coalhouse Roundabout, Gateshead
Works to be carried out include:
- New part-time traffic signals
- Resurfacing of the A1 slip roads
- Widening the southbound carriageway of Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and the roundabout
- Widening to Lamesley Lane at the junction with the roundabout
- Widening of the carriageway to Coalhouse roundabout in the vicinity of Chowdene Bank junction
- Installation of new traffic signs & street lighting
- Renewal of road markings.
When complete, these works will help relieve peak time traffic congestion to and from the Team Valley and reduce accident risk.
- Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout
- Lamesley Lane near the roundabout
- Partial closure of Coalhouse Roundabout itself
During the time of the works diversions will be clearly signed. The following diversions will be in place:
- A1 Slip Roads – Diversion to Lobley Hill or Eighton Lodge Interchanges as appropriate
- Kingsway South – Diversion via Eastern Avenue, Saltwell Road South and Chowdene Bank
- Lamesley Lane – Diversion via Smithy Lane and Chowdene Bank
Lobley Hill Road - Kingsway Roundabout Team Valley Trading Estate
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Other & Minor Disruptions
TEMPORARY SIGNAL Junction of Great North Road and Forsyth Road
Temporary Signals due to road improvement works on Great North Road
LANE CLOSURE B1318 Grt North Rd (Blue House RBT-Clayton Rd), Newcastle
Lane closures & contraflow working on B1318 Great North Road between Blue House Roundabout & Clayton Road & Forsyth Road between Great North Road & Highbury in Newcastle. Work is night-time only from 30/06/14 - 30/09/14 between 19:30-04:30. Delays possible.
TEMPORARY SIGNAL A191 Denton Rd between Broad Mead Way & Dorset Road Newcastle.
Temporary traffic signals on A191 Denton Road between Broadmead Way & Dorset Road. from 08/08/14 - 06/10/14 all day for utility works. Expect delays during school term time.
TEMPORARY SIGNAL B1600 Forth Banks, Newcastle
Temporary traffic signals on B1600 Forth Banks in Newcastle from 11/08/14 - 16/09/14 all day. Work is to allow for utility works. Expect delays peak times.
ROAD CLOSURE Finchale Rd (Solway Rd-Arlington Rd), Hebburn
Road Closure on Finchale Road between Solway Road & Arlington Road in Hebburn from Mon 16/06/14 to approx Fri 26/09/14 all day for sewer works by Northumbrian Water. Use an alternative route. Delays expected to surrounding roads.
ROAD CLOSURE High St West & Crowtree Rd, Sunderland
Road Closure on High Street West & Crowtree Road outside the Londonderry Pub in Sunderland City Ctr from 19/05/14 to 25/12/14 for major highway improvements. Seek an alternative route, expect delays.
TEMPORARY SIGNAL A183 St Mary's Way/Cumberland St, Sunderland
Temporary traffic lights replace permanent traffic signals currently on A183 St Mary's Way / Cumberland St junction in Sunderland from 03/02/14 to 01/10/14. There is no Right Turn exiting the St Mary's Car Park. Delays possible.