Extra trains ready for Kings of Leon fans in Sunderland

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TRAVEL bosses are providing extra trains for the thousands of Kings of Leon fans who will swarm into the city on Friday.

About 55,000 concert-goers are expected to see the American rockers when they take to the stage at the Stadium of Light as part of their UK tour.

There will be extra and later Metro services on the evening of the concert.

Metro services will also operate later into the evening than usual, with the last train leaving for South Gosforth from the Stadium of Light at 1am.

Passengers are being warned that there may be long queues and concert-goers are advised to board at either St Peter’s or Stadium of Light Metro stations.

Nexus will be offering wristband ticketing for the day of the concert, which are available from TravelShops, at £4 for adults and £1.10 for under 16s.

The wristbands allow unlimited travel on the network on Friday after 9.30am. This ticketing initiative is designed to reduce queuing on the day of the concert and provide quicker travel.

Richard McClean, managing director, of Metro Operator DBTW said: “Knowing how busy the Metro system was during the Take That concerts, we have decided to provide additional and later trains again for the Kings of Leon concert. We are expecting high volumes of passengers as people choose the Metro to travel to the event.

“Metro staff will be available to help concert-goers as well as usual commuters to board trains as quickly and as safely as possible, but passengers need to be prepared to queue a little longer than they usually would.”

Director general of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “Metro has a crucial role to play getting people to and from large-scale events such as this. We are expecting the trains to be busy and there will be queues. We would urge concert goers to buy a wrist pass in order to keep things moving quicker. Buying a Metro ticket in advance saves a lot of time and inconvenience.”

* Further information on the concert is available at www.safcconcerts.com.