Travel advice has been issued to Sunderland fans heading for the Stadium of Light this Friday.
Roy Hodgson’s side face Australia in an important warm up game ahead of next months’ UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
- North: From the A19 and follow signs for A1231 Sunderland, then yellow signs for Park & Ride and use the Park & Ride service
- Alternatively, from the A19 follow signs for A184 Sunderland (North), then either; Roker Seafront or City Centre and use car parks
- South: From the A19 follow signs for A1018 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
- From the A1(M) follow signs for A690 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
- West: From the A183 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
- From the A690 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
There is no parking available on the stadium complex, with parking immediately around the Stadium of Light also extremely restricted. Residential streets in the vicinity of the Stadium of Light are also subject to Parking Permit restrictions. There is parking available throughout the city, which is within walking distance of the stadium. Full details are available at www.sunderland.gov.uk/parking. Additional spaces are also available at the University of Sunderland, simply follow the signposts.
There will be a Metro train every 15 minutes during the day between Newcastle and Sunderland rising to a train every five minutes after 4pm, with the high-frequency service continuing after the event to make sure large crowds can get away from the venue safely.
Extra Metro services will be running between Newcastle and Sunderland augmenting the normal service between 9.30pm and just after 11pm. The last train time to Newcastle from the Stadium of Light will leave as normal at 12am (midnight).
Go North East is providing enhanced bus services around the Stadium of Light, including areas such as South Shields, both before and after the match.
Sunderland is served by a mainline railway station. For National Rail Enquiries, call 0845 7484 950. Grand Central operate direct services to Sunderland city centre
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The England defender said he was hit by missiles during the game and was subjected to monkey taunts long before the violent scenes which stained the end of the Euro 2013 play-off.
Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking a ball in anger in response to provocation as scuffles broke out involving Serbian supporters, players and other officials.
Rose told Sky Sports News: "I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away. That's when I kicked the ball - and the referee sent me off. I don't understand, the game had finished by then but he still sent me off for kicking the ball."
Rose added: "As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off. After 60 minutes my head wasn't really on the game. They have to be banned. I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned.
"I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned."
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