Police say planning for the upcoming derby football match is well underway. The game between Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC is on February 1 at 12.45pm. Extra police officers will be on duty in both Newcastle and Sunderland.
Roads in Newcastle city centre are expected to be extremely busy on derby day and Sunderland fans are being advised to make the most of free coach travel being provided by Sunderland AFC.
The coaches leave the Stadium of Light at 10.30am from the Green Car Park. There will be direct Metro services for Sunderland supporters on match day. Northern Rail will be providing a train service specifically for supporters, direct from Sunderland station to Newcastle Central Station and back.