Police advice for fans attending Sunderland Red Hot Chili Peppers gig

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POLICE are fans attending the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert at the Stadium of Light today to be patient and leave plenty of time for their journeys.

Roads in and around the city are expected to be busy and fans are being asked to consider making use of public transport to get to and from the gig and help keep congestion on the roads to a minimum.

Those driving to the concert are asked to be patient when entering and leaving the city and anyone who is planning on getting picked up and dropped off by car is asked to arrange their pick ups and drop offs away from the Stadium of light.

Tonight there will be police officers and local authority traffic officers carrying out patrols around the stadium to ensure that regulations are adhered to and the roads around the event remain clear.

Operations command Chief Inspector Sean McKenna said: “Anyone coming into Sunderland to enjoy the concert on Sunday is asked to plan their journey in advance and try, if possible, to leave the car at home and make use of public transport.

“There are plenty of buses and Metro trains running from the city centre and we want to make the evening as enjoyable and trouble free as possible for those attending.

“The public were excellent for the Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen concerts and we’d just ask them again to be patient when entering and leaving the ground and when making their way home.”

Motorists are reminded that a section of the A19 northbound from Testos roundabout will be closed on Sunday night and it could add time onto the journeys of those heading towards the Tyne Tunnel after the concert.

Diversions will be in place and the closure didn’t cause any major issues after the Bruce Springsteen concert on Thursday.