Coldplay fans beat the strike

Fans in the rain
Fans in the rain Photo: ITV

Train drivers at the Tyne and Wear Metro have returned to work following yesterday's strike over pay. Action was timed to coincide with a concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

Thousands of fans were relying on the rail service to take them to and from the Coldplay gig, but had to find alternative transport or queue for free buses.

Tyne and Wear Metro bosses say they did all they could to minimise travel disruption for fans travelling to last night Coldplay concert in Sunderland. Metro drivers went on strike yesterday in a row over pay, meaning the whole service was suspended.

Soaked fans on the bus
Soaked fans on the bus Credit: ITV

Free buses were laid on by Metro to take people to and from the gig, though everyone was advised to try and find alternative ways to get there. Fifty-five buses helped to ferry fans home as quickly as possible, though some were disgruntled by the strike action.

Fans waited in the rain after train strikes had already put them through travel chaos.