Tyne & Wear

Wear-Tyne derby fans to get special trains

Newcastle United fans are being urged to use specially laid on transport as they make their way to a Wear-Tyne derby clash in Sunderland.

An extra Northern Rail and Metro service will be provided specifically for supporters on 20 August.

Northumbria Police said officers will be posted at Newcastle Central Station and at train and Metro stops.

Newcastle United said it would also be providing dedicated coaches for fans travelling to the Stadium of Light.

Thousands of Newcastle supporters are expected to make the 25-mile round trip for the first derby of the season which kicks off at midday.

'Police presence'

Chief Supt Steve Neill of Northumbria Police said: "We'd ask football fans to use the special trains laid on for them and not to get on usual scheduled trains.

"This will ensure they get to Sunderland safely and in good time for the match. There will be a police presence in and around Central Station and at Metro stations.

"Officers will be on hand to assist and hand out leaflets which list the transport times. We would ask all fans to co-operate."

Sunderland's Sheepfolds Estate will be closed to vehicles on match day and some restrictions will be in place for pedestrians.

The Northern Rail train will leave Newcastle Central Station at 10:50 BST on Saturday and travel non-stop to St Peter's.

Special Metros will leave the Central Station at 10:57 BST and 11:09 BST and also travel non-stop to St Peter's.

Returning Metros will leave St Peter's at 14:44 BST, 15:08 BST and 15:19 BST.

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