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Bus operator helps to keep Great North Run visitors on the move

30 Aug 2017

Once again, Stagecoach North East is helping Great North Run participants, supporters and the general public to keep on the move on the day with the provision of additional transport. 

Showing its continued support for one of the country’s busiest road races, which takes place on the 10th September, the local bus operator is doing its best to ensure people get from start to finish in time by offering cheap, efficient travel regularly throughout the day. 

The Great North Run attracts over 57,000 runners to the event, due to the popularity of the much loved event and the sheer amount of crowds it attracts to help provide moral support.  To meet everyone’s travelling needs; the company is offering extra express bus services between the finish line, South Shields Ferry and Metro and Newcastle City Centre.

With its frequent express 552 and *553 Services, Stagecoach North East provides a cheap and efficient way for people to travel throughout the day and enjoy the festivities or to help the local community continue their normal weekend routine.

Service 552 provides a handy link from near the finish line at Bents Park Road to South Shields Metro and across to South Shields Ferry Landing for just £1.50 per single journey. Service 553 provides the main direct express link to Newcastle City Centre, with journeys taking only 30 minutes for just £3.50 per single journey. Both services run very frequently on the day, starting around 7am until 5pm or alternatively, customers can travel on Stagecoach buses throughout Tyne and Wear with the 1-day £4.00 dayrider.

Stagecoach North East will also be selling ticket wristbands for the Tyne and Wear dayrider from a Stagecoach stand at the Barilla Pasta Party on Saturday 9 September at the Gateshead Quayside from 9.30am until 5.30pm. The wristbands are valid for travel on Stagecoach services in Newcastle, South Shields and Sunderland for Sunday 10 September 2017.

Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said:  “With such a popular event in the north east calendar, attracting visitors and runners from across the UK and worldwide, we recognise how important it is to get people where they need to be. With road closures and limited parking, traffic will be extremely busy and we encourage people to plan their journey in advance and use public transport where possible to help keep everyone on the move and ease congestion.

“As a dedicated local operator we want to help reduce travel pressures and hopefully make it a lot easier for people knowing the buses will be running every few minutes. We wish the best of luck to all taking part and encourage everyone to show their support with cheers and charity donations.”

For more information or to download timetables, please visit the Stagecoach North East website - For the very latest information, follow us on Twitter: @stagecoachne