Great North 10k road and Tyne Bridge closures for Newcastle city centre run this weekend

Road closures will be in place for this Sunday's AJ Bell 10k which like last year's event, pictured, will start on Central Motorway and follow a city centre route
-Credit: (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Final preparations are under way for this Sunday's Great North 10k which is set to see around 5,000 runners - plus supporters - pack out the city centre.

Following a change of route last year, the popular run now crosses the Tyne Bridge twice and passes several other Newcastle landmarks such as Grey’s Monument and The Great North Museum: Hancock. So, July 7's sell-out event will have the heart of the city buzzing with activity.

Seen by many as an ideal training ground for September's Great North Run, the 10k has the same starting point as the world-famous half-marathon, with the first wave of action set to get under way on the Central Motorway on the day at 10am. It will wrap up on the Town Moor with a music celebration while runners pick up their medals and goody bags.

There are plans to close a number of roads, of course, for the duration of the Great North 10k - and some will be shut for a time on the previous day too for those last-minute preparations to be completed. Runners and their supporters will need to know what to expect to help them plan their journey to and from the city if they are intending to travel by car.

And shoppers and city centre workers will be affected too. Of course, public transport will be an easy option for many people this Sunday, with Metro providing direct access to the city centre and bus services taking into account route diversions where necessary. Read about Go North East bus diversion services here, which references affected roads and says Nexus is to place a temporary stop outside the Mary Robinson Library in Sandyford Road or Haymarket bus station passengers.

Road closures will affect Newcastle this Sunday
Road closures will affect Newcastle this Sunday -Credit:Nottingham Post

But for those who will be taking to the roads, the information to note is below and the advice is to plan journeys well in advance. Closures on the big day will be implemented in phases, between 4am and 9.45am, with re-openings being between 11.45am and 1pm. Organisers say the timings are approximate.

AJ Bell 10k road closures in Newcastle

Saturday, July 6

Times given are closing times and reopening times

Leazes Terrace - 9.30am - 10.30am

Strawberry Place - 9.30am - 10.30am

Note: In addition, there will be a short closure on Saturday around St James’ Park for a Newcastle United Foundation family event.

Sunday, July 7

Roads listed will be closed between the times given:

Central Motorway East (southbound carriageway) - 4am-1pm

Central Motorway (north and southbound) - 8.30am-1pm

Tyne Bridge - 8.30am-1pm

Market Street- 8.30am-1pm

John Dobson Street- 8.30am-1pm

New Bridge Street West- 8.30am-1pm

Pilgrim Street- 8.30am-1pm

Hood Street- 8.30am-1pm

Blackett Street- 8.30am-1pm

Northumberland Road (including University) - 8.30am-1pm

College Street - 9.45am-11.45am

Ellison Place - 9.45am-11.45am

St Mary’s Place- 8.30am-1pm

Great North Road- 8.30am-1pm

The route will head first to the Tyne Bridge and also will pass the likes of Old Eldon Square, Northumbria University and the Civic Centre, with the final stretch being along the Great North Road towards the Town Moor finish line. The road reopening hours are based upon the time needed to remove all of the event infrastructure, following the last of the runners, and to clean the roads before they can be reopened.