Derby-day travel advice for Newcastle United fans heading to Sunderland

DERBY DAY: Newcastle United fans arriving at the Stadium of Light for last season's match with Sunderland.
DERBY DAY: Newcastle United fans arriving at the Stadium of Light for last season's match with Sunderland.
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POLICE have issued travel information to Newcastle United fans ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby with Sunderland.

There are a number of ways supporters can get to the game on Sunday, April 5, and police are advising them to plan their journey in advance and give themselves extra time.

The best advice would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time, as it will be a busy Sunday.

Chief Supt Steve Neill

Newcastle United are running supporters’ coaches from St James’s Park direct to the Stadium of Light.

These are the quickest method of getting to and from the game, and supporters are being urged to make use of the service.

A return ticket on the supporters’ coach costs £4, and fans can book through the club’s ticket office, via their website, www.nufc.co.uk

Northern Rail will be providing a direct train service specifically for supporters, from Newcastle Central Station to St Peter’s.

This will leave at 3.02pm, with the return service from Sunderland leaving at 6.42pm.

There will be direct Metro services for Newcastle supporters on matchday.

These services will only stop at Central Station and St Peter’s and are for Newcastle supporters only. They will leave at 2.39pm and 2.46pm.

For the return journey there are two Metros running direct from St Peter’s to Central Station, at 6.27pm and 6.35pm.

Anyone intending to drive to the game is warned that roads will be busy, and there are a number of ongoing roadworks between Sunderland and Newcastle.

Sheepfolds North and Sheepfolds Road – near St Peter’s Metro station - will be closed, and there will be limited parking in Sunderland on the day.

Operations Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “Acting on feedback from supporters we changed the policing plan for December’s game in Newcastle, which gave travelling supporters more options about how to travel to the match.

“There are a range of options for fans to get to the game, and the best advice would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time, as it will be a busy Sunday.

“The coaches are the quickest way to get to and from the game. There are direct Metro and train services on the day, but these will be busy.

“Fans told us that direct trains from Newcastle to Sunderland were something they would like to retain, so this will be available for the coming derby.

“In addition, the same options and opportunities afforded to Sunderland fans in December will be available for Newcastle fans travelling to Sunderland this time round.

“Northumbria and British Transport Police officers will be based at Central Station, and will not be allowing people who are drunk or are causing trouble to get onto the trains.

“We would also remind fans that it is an offence to attempt to enter the stadium whilst being under the influence of alcohol.”