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Travel advice for fans heading to Sunderland for England game

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.

Credit: England team that lined up against England at the weekend

DRIVERS

  • 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

PARKING

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.

METRO

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).

BUSES

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.

TRAINS

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

Group visits to North York Moors Railway up over 50%

North Yorkshire Moors Railway promotional image Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway say their group visits are up by 56% this year.

They've been working on a new marketing strategy, including a new group specific advertising campaign.

One of the main reasons for the rise is thought to be the visit of the Flying Scotsman in March.

10 North Yorkshire Moors Railway Facts:

  • On the 26th May 2016 it will be 180 years since the Whitby to Pickering railway opened.
  • Over the past 10 years the railway has had over 262,000 group travellers.
  • 8,700 tiles cover Pickering Station roof. These were from Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, the same quarry from which the originals came. This was recently reinstated in 2010!
  • Over 43 years of operating our locomotives up and down the line equates to the same distance as a single journey from the Earth to the Moon.
  • 4,000 tonnes of ballast is ordered per year at the railway.
  • 100,000 sleepers are in use along the NYMR railway line.
  • 1,990 tonnes of coal is used per year – this is the railways biggest bill each year!
  • A Black Five locomotive weighs 95.5 tonnes. That’s 14 large male African elephants!
  • The railway travels underneath the Larpool Viaduct as it enters Whitby. Five million bricks were used to build it.
  • 216 million visits to Yorkshire are made every year, equivalent to the total number of visitors to Walt Disney Attraction Theme Parks worldwide.

“The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a perfect day out for all ages.

Riding behind a heritage locomotive is a great experience and since 60103 Flying Scotsman visited in March, interest in the steam era has definitely increased.

The railway is a great way to explore and see Yorkshire’s stunning scenery as you travel through the North York Moors national park.”

– Gerry Bacon, Group Travel Organiser,

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Police on scene at two road incidents in Blyth

There has been a heavy police presence in Blyth this morning after two separate incidents on the roads.

At 6.48am police received a report that a cyclist had been found lying on the ground after collapsing on Plessey Road in Blyth.

It is not clear whether he had been hit by another vehicle, but police and paramedics are currently at the scene.

Two minutes later police also received a report that a blue Fiat Punto had collided with a lamppost outside Asda on Cowpen Road in the town.

The occupants then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Police remain at the scene of both incidents and some road closures are in place

Any witnesses to either of the two incidents should contact police on 101 quoting reference 257 14/05/16.

A19 remains closed after accident

The A19 northbound carriageway in County Durham is still closed after an accident earlier.

The road was closed in both directions for a short time to allow an air ambulance to land. The southbound carriageway reopened at around 2pm.

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Delays on the Metro caused by faulty doors on trains

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains, leading to delays during rush hour Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Have you experienced delays on the Metro system over the past few days?

If so - it's down to there being less trains running on the shorter busier routes at peak times.

So where are the trains?

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains.

This means they are being tested - and to do this, trains are being temporarily taken out of service.

A Metro spokesperson told us the main routes affected during rush hour (0700 to 0930 and 1630 to 1900) involve the following trains:

  • Pelaw
  • Monkseaton
  • Regent Centre

It's hoped that services will be back to normal by Tuesday, with the problem not likely to affect the quieter weekend and Bank Holiday services.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Did you know?

  • There are 90 Metro trains (individual cars) available in total on the system
  • 78 run on the lines at peak time
  • 54 run at the weekend
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Find out more about ant delays to the system here

County Durham man with Cystic Fibrosis one step closer to Everest summit

Training on the icefall Credit: Nick Talbot

A man from County Durham, who aiming to be the first man with cystic fibrosis to climb Everest, has told ITV News Tyne Tees that he is: "Off to Camp 2 tomorrow so making progress."

Nick Talbot, from Hamsterley Forest had to abandon his attempt to climb the mountain last year after being caught in the massive avalanche that killed many people.

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