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Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony launches on the Quayside

Dated: 04 Sep 2014

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Motorists are being reminded of road closures in Newcastle as the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony is launched on the Quayside.

The event will be held on the Quayside on Thursday, September 4, to mark the start of the official countdown to the one millionth person to finish the Great North Run on Sunday.

The organisers have implemented a number of road closures to enable the infrastructure for the show to be put together and disassembled safely. The majority of the road closures are anticipated to be between 6pm and midnight, however, roads will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

In particular motorists are advised the Tyne Bridge will be closed between 8.30pm and 10.30pm.

Extra motor patrol officers will be on patrol during the evening while the road closures are in place to ensure disruption to motorists is kept to a minimum and traffic is flowing.

Superintendent Gillian Mitchell said: "We will be supporting the organisers throughout the event to ensure there is minimum disruption to motorists in the area and that traffic is flowing.

"There may be minor delays as there will be extra traffic in the area and motorists may want to leave slightly longer for their journey."

The following roads will be closed between 6pm and midnight:

Quayside Road
Swing Bridge
Bottle Bank (access to Hilton Hotel and Curzon Place only via Oakwellgate, Cannon Street, Church Street and Bridge Street)
Queen Street (access will be permitted into residential areas in Akendside and Queen Street when safe to do so)
King Street
Broad Chare
Lombard Street
South Shore Road  (6am Monday September 1 and 11.59pm on Sunday September 7)

Tyne Bridge between 8.30pm and 10.30pm

Other useful information:

- The Watergate car park behind The Guildhall will be closed from Monday, September 1 until Saturday September 6.

- The permit holder bays behind Guildhall will be suspended all day on Thursday, September 4.

- All public parking on Queen Street, King Street, Lombard Street, Broad Chare and Quayside Road will be suspended on Thursday, September 4 from 5am until 10am.

The Quayside road between the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be closed from 6pm and accessible by ticketholders only between 7.30pm and 10.15pm.

The Swing Bridge will be closed between 8.30pm and 9.45pm and the GatesheadMillenniumBridge closed between 6.30pm and 10.15pm

Approximate timings are:
6pm   Arena build commences
7.30pm  Doors open for ticketholders
8.30pm  Countdown to opening ceremony begins
9pm   Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony
9.45pm  Show Ends
10.15pm  Pedestrians allowed back on Quayside
Midnight  Roads re-open

Further information about the event is available at

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