Public Transport: Local Choices

With a variety of handy tools, great discounts and frequent services available, it’s never been easier to make your journey to or from Newcastle Great Park by public transport. New technology means you don’t have to wait around at bus stops, many buses have WiFi on board, cashless ticket options and more!

Travelling by Bus

There are a number of bus services running to and through Great Park from destinations including Newcastle, Wallsend, the Quayside, Jesmond, Gosforth High Street and Regent Centre Metro.

You can find stops along Featherstone Grove, Brunton Lane, Roseden Way (town centre), Wagonway Drive, Sir Bobby Robson Way, as well as at the Park and Ride site.

Go North East’s Q3 operates through the centre of NGP. The ‘Quaylink’ service runs from Great Park to Wallsend, via Regent Centre, Gosforth, Jesmond, Newcastle city centre and the Quayside. Services run every 20-30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and evenings, half hourly on Sundays and hourly at all other times.

Melbury and Featherstone Grove are served by route X46 operated by Gateshead Central Taxis (supported by Nexus). This service runs from Featherstone Grove to Haymarket Bus Station, via Brunton Park, Hollywood Avenue, Regent Centre and Gosforth High Street. Services operate hourly Monday to Saturday daytime.

To the south of NGP, you can access Stagecoach’s X47 from Kingston Park Road. This provides a circular route between Newcastle and Kingston Park, via Cowgate and Kenton Bar, running every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes, every 20 minutes on Sunday daytimes, reducing to every 30 minutes in the evenings.

Alternatively, Stagecoach’s 35 serves Red House Farm, a short walk from the southern end of Melbury across the Ouseburn footbridge. This provides a link to Newcastle via Fawdon/Wansbeck Road, Coxlodge and Gosforth High Street. Operates every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes.

Travelling by Metro

Depending on where you’re located on NGP, your closest Metro station could be Regent Centre, Fawdon, or Kingston Park. All these stations are on the Green line, which runs between Newcastle Airport and South Hylton via Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. You can change at South Gosforth for services on the Yellow line between South Shields and St James via Four Lane Ends, the Coast and Wallsend.

Travelling by Train

For those travelling to or from further afield, Newcastle Central station is easily reached from NGP and gives access to the local and national rail network. Regular services to a wide range of destinations including Carlisle, Durham, Hexham, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, plus London Kings Cross, York, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and many more.

Newcastle Central station can be reached in around 30 minutes, by bike or by bus which considering the time it takes to navigate traffic and park, is probably quicker than a journey by car!

Planning your Journey

There are now a number of helpful online options available for those looking to plan a journey by public transport. Our guide to planning a journey by public transport has everything you need to know, including links to some of the great online tools available, along with timetables for the key services at Newcastle Great Park (for those that need it).

Paying for your Journey

Catching the bus or train no longer has to mean remember to carry some change before hopping on to pay the driver or conductor in a rush! There are now many different ways to pay for your journey.

Go North East, Stagecoach and Arriva all accept contactless payments on their bus services, in addition to some really useful mobile apps, which allow you to buy and store your ticket on your mobile.

It’s important to check you aren’t paying too much. Whilst paying for single or return tickets is suited one-off journeys, those who travel more frequently by bus, rail, Metro or a combination of the three can save money by choosing flexible, monthly or annual passes by taking advantage of the various additional discounts available.

For further advice on choosing the right ticket for your public transport journey check out our Tickets & Discounts guide.

Real Time Information & Apps

Real-time information helps you to to find out exactly where your ride is, allowing you plan when to leave the house, office or coffee shop.

Operator apps aim to display the times of your bus, metro or train in real-time, some also include a location map so you can track a vehicle. If you are undertaking a journey by bus we’d advise that trying out an app is a must, and to help you out we’ve pulled together a handy guide to getting most from bus operator apps.

Support & Updates

Confused by timetables or just not sure which bus is best to catch – we can plan your journey for you! Just let us know where you’re coming from and when and we will provide you with an interactive journey plan that clearly sets out your options, with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and a handy map.

Get in touch now to get support with your trips to and from NGP.

We’ve put together a list of helpful Twitter feeds that will keep you up to date with any delays or services changes across the Newcastle area:

Tyne and Wear Metro (@My_Metro)
Arriva North East (@arrivanortheast)
Go North East (@gonortheast)
Stagecoach North East (@StagecoachNE)
North East Live Traffic (@NELiveTraffic)
Network Rail (@networkrail)
Northern Rail (@northernassist)

Nexus have web pages devoted to giving live updates and information for services across the region