Shields Ferry saw bumper crowds at this year’s Great North Run, carrying almost 10,000 passengers, it was announced today.
While the Metro system struggled to cope with the sheer number of people leaving South Shields after Sunday’s race, the ferry came into its own.
Nexus, which owns and operates the Shields Ferry service, had both vessels operating in tandem.
Spirit of the Tyne and Pride of the Tyne were both in service from 8.45am until 6pm to cope with the high demand.
Many runners and spectators opted to cross from South Shields to North Shields when making their way home from the Run.
The ferry service carried a total of 9,661 people in an eight hour-period on Sunday.
Shields Ferry Manager Carol Timlin said: “The ferry operation went really well on the day and we carried another record-breaking number of passengers.
“There were long queues as a result of the sheer volume of people, which is why we had both ferries running. But we kept the queues moving throughout the day.
“The Great North Run is our busiest day of the year.
“Many runners and spectators head away from South Shields using the ferry service to get to their cars or to bus and Metro services over on the north side of the Tyne.”