Advice for travelling derby fans
Dated: 12 Oct 2012
Police are issuing information for travelling Newcastle United fans ahead of the derby game at Sunderland on Sunday, October 21.
Fans should be aware that the location of the away fans at the Stadium of Light has changed. They are now seated in the upper tier of the Strongbow North Stand.
On the day Newcastle fans will have access to the bars on levels one and three of the North Stand.
The level one bar will serve alcohol before kick off, at half time and after the match has ended (while supporters are held back for a short time).
The level three bar will serve soft drinks and snacks before kick off and at half time but alcohol will only be served at this bar after full time.
Newcastle fans will be asked to wait in the stadium for a short while after the final whistle and will have access to the bars and toilets while they do so.
This is to allow police to ensure there is a safe path back to the coaches, Metros and trains for fans when they leave the stadium.
Newcastle United are running supporters’ coaches from the Newcastle United stadium direct to the Stadium of Light and supporters are being urged to make use of the service.
The cost per supporter will be £5 and fans can get them from the club box office.
Nexus is running direct Metro services for supporters on match day.
There will be two Metro trains travelling direct from Central Station in Newcastle to St Peter's in Sunderland. They will leave at 12:16 and 12:23.
For the return journey there are three Metro trains running direct from St Peter's station to Central Station. They are at 16:44, 16:53 and 17:08.
There will be one special Northern Rail service running from Central Station to St Peter's before the match and one from St Peter's back to Central Station after the match. The exact times have not yet been finalised.
Fans travelling from Newcastle are urged to use either the Metros, trains or the supporters’ coaches as traffic in Sunderland city centre will be busy on match day.
Roads closed on derby day will be - Sheepfolds North and Sheepfolds Road – near to the St Peter’s Metro station.
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