Tyne & Wear

Extra trains plan for Wear-Tyne derby

Extra trains are being provided for Newcastle fans attending the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.

An extra Northern Rail service and Metro are planned for the Sunderland v Newcastle fixture on Sunday.

They will go from Newcastle's Central Station direct to St Peter's in Sunderland.

The move aims to ensure fans arrive safely and in time for the 1200 GMT kick-off as well as helping to minimise disruption to other travellers.

Police advised fans to use the specifically scheduled trains.

Ch Supt Rachel Kearton, of Northumbria police, said: "There will be a police presence in and around Central Station and at Metro stations.

"Officers will be on hand to assist and we would ask all fans to co-operate."

Suspended Metro

The Sheepfolds estate will be closed to vehicles on match day and some restrictions will be in place for pedestrians.

Supporters are also being advised of disruption to the Metro service.

Metro Services will be suspended all day on Sunday between South Gosforth and North Shields for engineering work.

Richard McClean, managing director, DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd, operator of the Tyne and Wear Metro on behalf of Nexus said: "A replacement bus service, the number 900, will be in operation throughout the day and will call at or near all Metro stations on the affected route.

"All Metro passes and purchased tickets will be valid on the bus replacement service."

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