Tyne & Wear

Police urge Wear-Tyne derby fans to take advantage of public transport

Sunderland fans arriving at St James' Park
Image caption Police guided arriving Sunderland fans into St James' Park last year

Police are encouraging Newcastle fans heading to the Wear-Tyne derby to take advantage of cheap coaches and trains.

Thousands of supporters are expected to travel to the Stadium of Light for the fixture on Sunday.

Newcastle United has organised £4 return coach travel, but places must be booked in advance.

There will also be direct metros from Newcastle Central station at 14:39 and 14:46.

Roads closed on the day include Sheepfolds North and Sheepfolds Road near to the St Peter's Metro station in Sunderland.

Operations commander Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: "Acting on feedback from supporters we changed the policing plan for December's game in Newcastle, which gave travelling supporters more options about how to travel to the match.

"There are a range of options for fans to get to the game and the best advice would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time as it will be a busy Sunday."

He added that officers would be patrolling stations and drunk fans would be barred from boarding trains.

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