Ahead of the Sunderland v Newcastle match a week on Sunday (25 October – 12 noon kick-off), Northumbria Police have met with Newcastle and Sunderland fans.
The Police debated the relative issues and concerns with supporters, as well as giving details of what will happen on the day.
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) were represented at the meeting and they have given feedback on what the derby day plan is:
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
Departure: 10:55 Arrival 11:17
The club buses 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.
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.
Northumbria Police also stated their commitment to returning Newcastle United supporters back to Newcastle as quickly as possible after the game.
There was surprisingly no representative from either Newcastle United or Sunderland AFC at the meeting.