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Travel advice for football fans for this weekend's derby

Newcastle United supporters in the crowds at St James' Park Photo: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Northumbria Police are reminding football fans to plan their travel arrangements ahead of this weekend's derby game.

Officers are urging Sunderland fans to use the free official club coaches to get to St James' Park, which will leave the Stadium of Light for Newcastle at 9.30am.

Supporters will just need to show their match ticket on the day to be able to get on the coach.

The coaches will also return Sunderland supporters to the Stadium of Light after the match finishes.

Transport is being put on to bring Sunderland fans to Newcastle for the derby Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Nexus are running direct Metro services for supporters on match day which will travel directly from Sunderland station to Central Station in Newcastle. They will leave at 9.58am and 10.06am.

There will also be a special Northern Rail direct service for supporters leaving Sunderland at 10.13am and travelling to Newcastle Central Station before the match.

For the return journey there will be two Metros running directly from Central Station to Sunderland at 3.24pm and 3.31pm.

There will also be a return special Northern Rail service direct from Central Station to Sunderland leaving at 3.16pm.

The roads that will be temporarily closed on derby day between 12.45pm and 3.15pm will be:

  • Barrack Road in both directions, between its junctions with Gallowgate and Holland Drive
  • Strawberry Place, between its junction with Barrack road and Strawberry Lane
  • Wellington Street, between its junctions with Pitt Street and Stanhope Street
  • Stanhope Street, between its junction with Barrack Road and Diana Street

"Fans travelling to the derby game on Sunday need to have planned their transport to and from the game in advance.

"We are continuing to encourage Sunderland supporters to use the free coaches being provided by the club which will get them directly to and from St James' Park.

"The Metro and train services on the day will be extremely busy and those planning on using them should give themselves plenty of time for their journeys and be patient with other travelling supporters.

"We're working with British Transport Police, Northern Rail and Metro staff to ensure the safety of Metro and rail passengers and will have officers at Central Station and in Sunderland throughout the day.

"We've been working closely with all our partner agencies to ensure the derby is an enjoyable day for everyone."

– Operations Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Neill

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