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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.
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.
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.
The Tyne and Wear Metro is running again after a 24-hour walkout caused disruption yesterday. The service will run as normal all day. However, another strike is planned for June 21.
Coldplay were are expecting to wow crowds in Sunderland tonight, if fans can get there.
Not a single train is taking to the tracks today, it is making reaching a destination like the Stadium of Light very difficult.
Thousand of fans are starting to arrive at Sunderland's Stadium of Light for tonight's Coldplay concert. But an estimated 20,000 of them are having to do it without using the Tyne and Wear Metro. Drivers have gone on strike, leaving the entire service at a standstill.
The Metro strike has been specifically timed to coincide with Coldplay's concert at the Stadium of Light this evening. Around 20,000 people would usually travel to similar events on the Metro. Metro operators say they have contingency plans in place but are urging people not to leave it to chance.