Bupa Great North Run Million 2014

The Bupa Great North Run takes place on Sunday the 7th. September 2013 for the 34th time and is regarded as the worlds most popular half marathon, with over 56,000 accepted entrants from over 122,000 applicants in 2013.The run attracts world class elite athletes with runners from over 40 countries taking part.

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, marking the start of the official countdown to the 1 millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday the 7th.

The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony will feature live performances by Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, Chase & Status, The Unthanks, and Lords of Lightning, as well as fireworks and a mass choreographed performances plus a giant floating sculpture.
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.
The Finish Area

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.

Road Closures

To enable the safe running of the race the following road closures will be put in place
06/09/14 17:00hrs until 07/09/12 17:00hrs

A167 From Cowgate Roundabout to Great North Road Junction(B1318)
Sunday 7th.

08:45hrs - 17:00hrs

A167(M) Central Motorway including Tyne Bridge + B1318 Great North Road to A184 Park Lane

09:00hrs -17:00hrs

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
09:00hrs -17:00hrs

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 Tyne Bridge and the Gateshead Highway are expected to re-open by 14:00hrs providing links to routes via the A184 Askew Road and Consett Route to the A1 and South via the A167 to Low Fell and Eighton Lodge.
A North-South route from Sunderland Road (B1426) to Shields Road (A195) across Heworth Roundabout will be opened as soon as the last runners have cleared the Junction. Before 17:00hrs, the remainder of the A184 route between Gateshead and the White Mare Pool (A194/A194(M)) Interchange will re-open, once the route has been cleaned and all event infrastructure has been removed.

The Bupa Great North 5k

Starting at 09:10hrs on Saturday the 6th of September 2014 just east of the iconic Tyne Bridge on the Newcastle Quayside. The Route swings right past the Guildhall,under the High Level Bridge and then back onto the Swing Bridge where it enters Gateshead turning right onto Pipewellgate running alongside the river before turning back towards the Tyne Bridge just before the half way point. The route then heads back down Pipewellgate then across into Hillgate, passing under the Tyne Bridge and under The Sage Gateshead along South Shore Road cutting across Baltic Square and over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Enjoy these last few hundred metres of your run as the finish is shortly after re-joining the Newcastle side of the river near to Wesley Square.

The Bupa Junior & Mini Great North Run, 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
their race pack as well as that all important finisher’s medal.

Getting There

There is no public parking at the start of the run, therefore public transport represents one of the best options.
Newcastle is well served by main line rail, however please check arrival times to ensure that you will be there for the start of the race if travelling to the region on race day.
If you are travelling in to Newcastle by car, please see car parking information click here

Public Transport

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 local Metro system has Park and Ride facilities at the following sites around the region, including: Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park and the Stadium of Light for full details please see follow this link, Nexus

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.
Special bus services for spectators and competitors are available on the day of the Bupa Great North Run.
Go North East or Stagecoach buses will run between 06:15hrs and 10:30hrs from Bents Park Road in South Shields to Newcastle Haymarket which is five minutes’ walk from the start line.

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.
For spectators, the R1 Go North East service runs from Newcastle Haymarket bus station to the race finish at South Shields every 10 minutes between 07.00hrs and 12.00hrs.

From Heworth and Gateshead interchanges Go North East service 27 runs frequently to South Shields.
After the race Go North East R1 and Stagecoach service 553 will run from Bents Park,which is five minutes walk from the finish line, to Newcastle Haymarket bus station between 12.30 and 17.00.
Additional buses will also run on Go North East service X27 from South Shields Town Centre.

Tickets and Fares

A Great North Run Ticket  package is on offer exclusively for the Great North Run from Network One including Day Rovers will enable you to use just one ticket for any bus service in Tyne & Wear, including special Great North Run services, the Metro and the Ferry.

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).
Bus tickets can be bought on the bus and from on street agents located near the bus stops. Some tickets can be bought in advance of the Bupa Great North Run day, see below for details.

Go North East buses

Day tickets cost £5 with a Special Great North Run weekend ticket costing £10 valid for unlimited travel on Go North East buses from Friday the 5th of September to Sunday the 7th of September 2014. Available at Simplygo

Stagecoach Buses

Extra express Services 552 and 553 will be running frequently between the finish line and South Shields Ferry or Newcastle City Centre @£3.50 per journey on the day running to this time table
Concessionary passes are valid on Stagecoach buses but not on Go North East buses.

Please note that tickets issued for the Metro train system are not valid on the bus services and that prices may vary from one bus operator to another. Bus tickets are not transferable between operators. Only the Network One Rover Ticket packages are accepted by all operators.


Alternately there is a bus service provided NIRVANA Europe which runs coaches on the day from,

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

National Rail Services

Newcastle has direct rail links with London, the Midlands and Scotland via the East Coast mainline as well as local stations. You may be able to travel to the event on the Sunday morning however it is recommended you check with National Rail or service provider’s to ensure your journey is not affected by weekend engineering works. Some operators will provide earlier services to ensure you are at the start line on time. For more information visit the 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.

This major project will help to improve general traffic and public transport movements. This in turn will support future job creation and local economic growth, enhance road safety and provide better pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Highlights of the Works

  • 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

This project is being managed and delivered by Capita, North Tyneside Council's technical services partner.

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.

All works will be carried outside of peak times, between 9.30 and 15:00. Some limited night time working will be required. No approaches will be closed, most will be reduced to a single lane. No diversions are required for the works.

Full info including maps of works please visit:


Major works in Sunderland and South Tyneside in 2014

Works 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.

Funding 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:

(1) A19/A690
Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(2) A19/A183
Updated traffic signalling the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(3) A19/A1231
The Highways Agency is planning works to the A19/A1231 junctions. These comprise:

Updated traffic signalling
• Widening the eastbound A1231 approach to the A19 to three lanes

(4) A19/A1290
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

(7) Cycleways
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.

This scheme was announced as an extension to the A1 Lobley Hill to Dunston scheme in April 2014. The scheme will now extend south from Lobley Hill junction to Coal House junction and north from Dunston junction to the Metro Centre junction. 

The improvements consist of upgrading the A1 from two to three lanes in each direction between Coal House and Metro Centre along with the introduction of new parallel link roads between Lobley Hill and the A184 Gateshead Quays junctions.

The scheme will be constructed within the existing highways boundary and no additional land will be required. It will relieve congestion on this section of the A1 Western Bypass, and therefore improve journey time reliability.

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

Further info may be found at


A1 Improvements: Coalhouse Roundabout, Gateshead

A major upgrade to A1 Coalhouse Roundabout has been announced by the Highways Agency. 

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.
Work starts on Monday 26/08/014 to Friday the 14/12/14, assuming reasonable weather conditions. All work will take place overnight, starting at 20:00 each evening until 06:00 the following morning.

When complete, these works will help relieve peak time traffic congestion to and from the Team Valley and reduce accident risk.

In order to carry out these works it will be necessary to close the A1 Northbound and Southbound entrance and exit slip roads from the A1 Western Bypass:

  • 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

      Delays are to be expected as work begins on improvements at a key junction linking the A1 Western Bypass to the Team Valley Trading Estate and Gateshead. 

      The £3.4m improvement scheme at the Maingate - Kingsway Roundabout on Lobley Hill Road is due to begin on January the 18th 2014. Lane closures will be in place for significant periods during the 30 week project and this is likely to significantly add to journey times, particularly during peak times.

      The scheme is expected to ease congestion and improve public transport links.The Lobley Hill Road improvement programme is seen as the first part of linked works, which will also see major changes on the A1 Western Bypass relieving the third most congested "A" road in the country.

      The improvements will include the introduction of traffic Signals on the roundabout, together with the creation of a Northbound bus and cycle lane on Kingsway itself and a Westbound bus lane between the roundabout and the A1 junction. In order to accommodate the new bus lane, the road will be widened rather than removing an existing lane used by all traffic.

      Many bus journeys through the Kingsway roundabout at peak times currently face several minutes of delays due to congestion in the area. This is expected to be dramatically reduced.

      The project is due for completion during September 2014 and will be followed almost immediately by the main A1 improvement works. During the works motorists are being warned that delays are inevitable with lane restrictions in place, to allow the widening and improvements.


      Park & Ride

      Across Tyne & Wear there is a variety of Car Park & Ride facilities. At these locations users can interchange with either bus, cycle, metro, rail or taxi & avoid queues within city centres or possible full central car parks.

      Car Park


      Post Code

      Interchange with...



      NE10 0NE

      Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro, Rail & Taxi

      Callerton Parkway


      NE13 8DF

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Great Park


      NE13 9AA


      Kingston Park


      NE3 2SW

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Regent Centre


      NE3 3PF

      Cycle Parking & Metro



      NE6 4NT


      Four Lane Ends

      North Tyneside

      NE7 7UJ

      Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro & Taxi

      Northumberland Park

      North Tyneside

      NE27 0SJ

      Bus, Cycle Parking & Metro


      South Tyneside

      NE32 4QA


      East Boldon

      South Tyneside

      NE36 0JZ

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Stadium of Light


      SR5 1JB

      Cycle Parking & Metro


      Open Data

      The Tyne & Wear UTMC officially launched it's Open Data Service at the Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot (ITWIP) event at Sunderland Software City on Friday 28th February 2014.

      The key principle of open data is to increase transparency and the sharing of information we hold with the wider community.

      Our service provides third party developers with access to a number of datasets sourced from the Tyne and Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) system. Developers are then able to build useful applications using the data we have now made freely available.

      Data that has been released includes travel and transport related datasets through the provision of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The initial datasets made public include:

      • Air quality data
      • Car Parks
      • CCTV
      • Journey Times
      • SCOOT
      • Traffic – Accident
      • Traffic – Event
      • Traffic – Incident
      • Traffic – Roadwork
      • Weather station data

      To get more information & access please visit

      The Tyne & Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) & the Open Data Service is provided by Newcastle City Council on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.


      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.


      North Tyneside


      South Tyneside

      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.

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