Ahead of the Sunderland v Newcastle match on Sunday (12 noon kick-off), Northumbria Police have released an official statement about the arrangements for derby day.
As well as the buses provided by Newcastle United at a £4 charge, there will also be special Metros and a train from Newcastle Central Station to St Peter’s Metro Station at Sunderland.
Times of the Metros:
Departure: 10:39 Arrival: 11:03
Departure: 10:46 Arrival: 11:10
After the match – Metros are scheduled for 2.34pm and 2.37pm
Departure: 10:55 Arrival 11:17
The club buses (need to be pre-booked) will leave Barrack Road at 10am and are expected to arrive at 10:45am.
Police have advised that each Metro train can carry 600 supporters and the service train can carry 450.
There will also be standard public transport between Newcastle and Sunderland etc on the day and this will be unchanged.
The Newcastle United allocation is 2800 which was quickly sold out, though with plenty of tickets remaining unsold in the home areas it is looking unlikely the match will be a total sell out.
There will be no Police escort from trains or buses to the away end though there will be a substantial Police presence accompanying supporters but they will be in normal Police uniforms.
No Newcastle United supporters will be allowed into the Fan Zones outside the Stadium of Light.
Operations commander chief superintendent Steve Neill, on behalf of Northumbria police, said:
“This is a fantastic occasion between our region’s two biggest football clubs and we are proud to be a part of it.
“As with any major event in the North-East, there will be a number of things for fans to consider when deciding how to get to the game.
“Our best advice to those lucky enough to get a ticket would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time as it will be a busy Sunday.
“The coaches are the quickest way to get to and from the game. There are direct Metro and train services on the day but these will be busy.
“Fans told us that direct trains from Newcastle to Sunderland were something they would like to retain, so this will be available for the coming derby.
“Northumbria and British Transport Police officers will be based at Central Station and will not be allowing people who are drunk or are causing trouble to get onto the trains.
“We would also remind fans that it is an offence to attempt to enter the stadium whilst being under the influence of alcohol.
“We are fully aware that there are a number of roadworks and so would advise supporters to take advantage of the public transport services that have been provided.
“The supporters coaches will be the best way to get to the stadium for those travelling from Newcastle. The routes they take to and from the game have been changed in light of the roadworks and will be the quickest way of getting to the match.
“We would ask you to remain patient when making your way to and from the game. Our officers will be on patrol across the region and will be more than happy to speak to you if you have any concerns.”