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Great North Run Road Closures

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Road closures affecting traffic

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 distruption.

Road Legal Closure Times
Quayside Rd 06:00am - 7pm
Sandhill 08:00am - 7pm
Swing Bridge 08:00am - 7pm
Bottle Bank (access to Hilton Hotel only) 08:00am - 7pm
Pipewellgate 08:00am - 7pm
Hillgate 08:00am - 7pm
South Shore Rd (Gateshead) 06:00am (Mon 3 Sept) - 23.59 (Sun 9 Sept)

All of the above roads will be heavily marshalled and stewarded to alleviate inconvenience wherever possible and to avoid endangering runners participating in the event.

Anyone requiring access to Queen Street, King Street and Lombard Street on event day can do so using the pedestrian zone on Dean Street.The Watergate car park behind The Guildhall will also be closed during this period.

The Swing Bridge, whilst closed to vehicular traffic will remain open to pedestrians at all times. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will remain open during the event.

Access to Baltic Quays resident's car park will not be affected.

Bottle Bank will be closed to general traffic and buses. Access to the Hilton Hotel and Curzon Place will be via Oakwellgate, Cannon Street, Church Street and Bridge Street.

South Shore Rd (Gateshead)

In addition to the Junior & Mini Great North Run, the 7th September will see the hosting of the Great North CityGames. The CityGames is bringing athletes to the streets of NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

The games includes various sprint and hurdle races (see timetable below) on a temporary running track that will be installed on South Shore Rd.

To build the track, South Shore Rd and South Shore Rd car park will be closed from 0600 Monday 3 September until 23:59 on Sunday 8th September.

Access will still be permitted to Baltic Quays resident's car park throughout the build.

Please note that to ensure that South Shore Rd is reopened as quickly as possible, the temporary running track will be dismantled during the evening on Saturday 7th September. Noise levels will be kept to a minimum where possible and we apologise in advance for any disruption.

Mill Road Car Park

The Great North Run Pasta Party - an exciting and free to attend sports exhibition and Pasta Party will take place on Mill Road Car Park on Saturday 1 oth Setember. Due to the building work required to set up the event the car park will be closed from 23:59 on Sunday 4 h September until 23:59 on Monday 10 September. Pedestrian access will be permitted but may be limited throughout certain periods of the build.

Timetable - Saturday 7th September

08.00 Road Closures in place (Quayside Rd in Newcastle from 6am)
08.50 Great North 5k
09.30 - 17.30 Great North Run Pasta Party
10.00 Mini Great North Run -Wave 1
10.40 Mini Great North Run -Wave 2
11.20 Mini Great North Run - Wave 3
12.00 Mini Great North Run - Wave 4
12.50 Junior Great North Run for Girls
13.30 Junior Great North Wheelchair event

Great North CityGames (Live on BBC)

16.10 Junior Great North Run for Boys
19.00 Road Re-openings
17.00 City Games - Strip out throughout the night

*Timings and events are correct at time of print and are subject to change.

If you have any queries regarding road closures please contact Great Run at

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