Extra Metro and bus services will be running for Olympic football matches at St James' Park

Park-and-ride bus services will operate from the Metrocentre and Great Park to St James' Park Credit: ITV

Additional Tyne and Wear Metro and bus services will be operating on the day's that St James' Park is staging Olympic football matches, Newcastle City Council has announced.

The council and Metro operator Nexus has organised the extra transport links after thousands of park-and-ride car park spaces were created throughout the Newcastle and Gateshead area. The services are expected to take visitors to the stadium in around 20 minutes or less.

More than 2,000 free spaces will be available near to various Metro stations including Callerton, Kingston Park, and Four Lane Ends. Trains will be running every six to 12 minutes throughout the day until Midnight.

An Olympic football park-and-ride car park at the Metrocentre, Gateshead Credit: ITV

Meanwhile two park-and-ride bus services will be running from the Metrocentre coach park in Gateshead and Great Park, north of Newcastle to St James' Park.

Director of Customer Services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said:

"There will be extra Metro and bus services running to the centre of Newcastle when the games are on. Public transport is the easiest option, with some road closures in the city centre and the hassle of trying to find somewhere to park."

– Tobyn Hughes, Director of Customer Services for Nexus

In total, nine men's and women's Olympic football matches will be played at St James' Park from July 26 to August 4.

Olympic football matches at St James' Park

Men

Mexico v Korea Republic - July 26, KO 2:30pm

Gabon v Switzerland - July 26, KO 5:15pm

Japan v Morocco - July 29, KO 5pm

Spain v Honduras - July 29, KO 7:45pm

Brazil v New Zealand - August 1, KO 2:30pm

Quarter-final - August 4, KO 5pm

Women

Canada v Sweden - July 31, KO 2:30pm

France v Colombia - July 31, KO 5:15pm

Quarter-final - August 3, KO 2:30pm