Police advise Sunderland AFC fans to use club coaches to St James' Park

Sunderland players are mobbed by fans after winning the last derby 2-1 in 2013.
Sunderland players are mobbed by fans after winning the last derby 2-1 in 2013.

Northumbria Police are encouraging Sunderland supporters to use the free club coaches to get to St James’ Park in good time for the derby game on Saturday, February 1.

The coaches will leave the Stadium of Light for Newcastle at 10.30am and will also return Sunderland supporters to the Stadium of Light following the match.

Police have also said that they were the quickest way to get back to Sunderland following the last season’s game.

Operations Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “We want to welcome supporters from both teams, and we hope they enjoy what is a great sporting event and a highlight in the footballing calendar for the region.

“The match is one which football supporters across the region look forward to and we’re well aware the vast majority of supporters are there to support their team and soak up the derby day atmosphere.

“We’re working with British Transport Police, Northern Rail and Metro staff to ensure the safety of Metro and rail passengers and we will have officers at Central Station and in Sunderland throughout the day.”

Officers are also advising the rest of the public who are planning to use the public transport on the day to give themselves plenty of time for their journeys as it will be very busy at some stations.

Turnstiles at St James’ Park will open at 11am for the arrival of the first coaches from Sunderland and generally at 11.15am.

There will be two Metros for Sunderland supporters on match day, travelling direct from Sunderland station to Central Station in Newcastle.

They will leave at 10.43am and 10.55am.

There will also be one direct Northern Rail service, leaving Sunderland station for Newcastle Central Station at 11.19am and arriving in Newcastle at 11.39am.

There are also two Metros running direct from Central Station to Sunderland for the return journey, which are at 3.45pm and 3.57pm.

There will also be one direct Northern Rail service leaving Newcastle at 3.38pm, passing through Heworth at 3.46pm and arriving in Sunderland at 4.01pm.

Officers will be based at the transport links to ensure people board the Metros and trains safely.

For up-to-date information and advice for supporters of Sunderland, follow @NorthumbriaSAFC on Twitter.

Travel information can be found on www.nexus.org.uk or www.northernrail.org

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