Plans in place for Great North Run 2016
05 Sep 2016 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of runners to the region as policing plans are finalised ahead of the Great North Run 2016.
The world famous half marathon returns to the region on Sunday, September 11, and Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah will once again line up alongside a host of elite athletes from across the world.
Police, race organisers, local authorities and the public transport providers have been working for a number of months to ensure the event passes without incident.
Extra Metro services have been put in place, certain stations will be closed to assist in transporting people to and from the finish line and local residents have been contacted to inform them of the road closures in place over the weekend.
Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt will be the silver commander for the event and he cannot wait to welcome people to the region from nearly 200 different countries.
He said: "This is a fantastic event and we are really looking forward to meeting competitors and spectators from every corner of the globe.
"The Great Run Company have confirmed that runners from nearly every country in the world will be participating in the race and it is a real opportunity for us to be able to showcase just how great our region is.
"A number of police officers and police staff will also be running the race and we are proud to give them our full backing as they go on their final training runs ahead of next weekend.
"Those officers on duty will be highly visible all along the race route and there will also be armed officers on patrol to reassure any visitors concerned that the event may be targeted.
"They are not their in response to any specific threat and have been very well received at other high profile events in the region including the Tall Ships, Newcastle Pride and the Sunderland Air Show.
"Our region's roads will be very busy all weekend but we have been meticulous in planning how we will manage the strategic road networks and both NEXUS and DB Regio have detail plans to ensure our Metro lines run as smoothly as possible.
"The Great North Run is such a fantastics spectacle and it fills me with pride to be able to help ensure it passes without incident. I hope everyone has a great time and if you see an officer on duty make sure you get a selfie!"
Nearly twice as many Metro trains will be in operation on the day of the race and some stations will be closed to the public to minimise dirsuption for those travelling to and from the finish line.
Free parking will be in place at Park and Ride sites at the following Metro stations: Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park, East Boldon, Fellgate and Stadium of Light.
There is also a council operated car park at Heworth which requires a small fee but the surrounding roads will be closed for most of the day as the nearby roads form part of the Great North Run route.
More information about travelling by Metro is available on the NEXUS website which you can view by visiting: http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/greatnorthrun.
For further information about the race itself, road closures and viewing points then visit the Great Run Company website at: http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run.