Football supporters travelling to Newcastle United's match on Boxing Day have been urged to plan ahead, as only limited public transport will be available.
The kick-off time for the Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday at St James's Park was recently changed to 7.45pm.
The normal, limited Boxing Day local transport service in the region will have finished by then, so those attending the game are advised that:
- Bus services will operate on some routes only before the game, with most finishing by 7pm – check with operators for details of their Boxing Day routes and timetables.
- There will be only a very limited bus service on a small number of routes after the game.
- The dedicated Park and Ride ‘Soccer Bus’ X50 will be operated by Go North East before and after the match.
- There will be no Northern or other national rail services.
Transport operators, club officials and Nexus got together to review which services were available and make sure fans are aware and plan ahead for their travel to the game.
Steve Storey, head of safety and security at Newcastle United, said: “We are pleased to confirm that transport provision will be in place to ensure fans can get to and from St James’s Park safely and conveniently on Boxing Day.
“We would like to thank Nexus and transport operators for their co-operation, including the staff who will be working on the day to help supporters to complete their journeys.”
Huw Lewis, head of communications and customer services at Nexus, said: “On Boxing Day, bus operators provide a number of services on core routes throughout Tyne and Wear until about 7pm.
“Metro and the dedicated park and ride X50 ‘Soccer Bus’ will operate this year thanks to support from Newcastle United, but other buses will not be running after the game and there are no national rail services.
“We are working together to make supporters aware of the local transport available so they can plan ahead and enjoy the game.”