The decision to move the Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday match to Boxing Day night for armchair Sky fans, was met with dismay by many supporters.
With public transport knocking off early, fifty thousand Newcastle fans presented with a problem as the game was moved to a 7.45pm kick-off, if relying on public transport.
With any big event, there is the possibility of extra public transport being laid on, if the event organisers (whether football matches, music concerts or whatever) are prepared to help fund it.
When the Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday match was moved, Newcastle United indicated that they were prepared to help pay for extra public transport to be provided.
The end result announced today is a mixed one.
If you live near a Metro line then you should be ok, with confirmation that they will keep running until after the game on Boxing Day night.
However, anybody looking to rely on bus or train services looks knackered with no extra services made available to help Newcastle fans get home.
Official Travel Announcement for Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday from Nexus:
Public transport advice for NUFC home game on Boxing Day
Newcastle United supporters are being advised to plan ahead for the Boxing Day night fixture at St James Park, when only limited public transport will be available.
The home game on 26th December against Sheffield Wednesday kicks off at 7:45pm, after the normal limited Boxing Day local transport in the region has finished.
As a result people attending the match are advised that:
Bus services will operate on some routes only before the game, with most finishing by 7pm – check with operators for details of their Boxing Day routes and timetables.
There will be only a very limited bus service on a small number of routes after the game.
Dedicated Park and Ride ‘Soccer Bus’ X50 will be operated by Go North East before and after the match.
There will be no Northern or other national rail services.
Transport operators, club officials and Nexus have got together to review what services are available and make sure fans are aware and plan ahead for their travel to the game.
Steve Storey, Head of Safety and Security at Newcastle United, said: “We are pleased to confirm that transport provision will be in place to ensure fans can get to and from St James’ Park safely and conveniently on Boxing Day.
“We would like to thank Nexus and transport operators for their co-operation, including the staff who will be working on the day to help supporters to complete their journeys.”
Huw Lewis, Head of Communications and Customer Services at Nexus, said:
“On Boxing Day bus operators provide a number of services on core routes throughout Tyne and Wear until around 7pm.
“Metro and the dedicated park and ride X50 ‘Soccer Bus’ will operate this year thanks to support from Newcastle United, but other buses will not be running after the game and there are no national rail services.
“We are working together to make supporters aware of the local transport available so they can plan ahead and enjoy the game.”
For more about Nexus go to www.nexus.org.uk