Drivers heading to Newcastle’s St James’s Park as part of the Rugby World Cup are being advised to make time to plan their journey in advance to avoid busy periods.
Highways England expects it will be busier than usual on the A1, the A19 and the A184 as fans travel to matches, with three games taking place at the stadium in the next week.
The stadium will host South Africa vs Scotland at 4.45pm on Saturday, October 3, and will be in action again for New Zealand vs Tonga at 8pm on Friday, October 9. The final game will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday, October 10, between Samoa and Scotland.
Highways England’s regional control centre in Wakefield will be monitoring traffic, setting electronic message signs and dispatching patrols of traffic officers to respond to any incidents as quickly as possible to keep supporters and other motorway users on the move. They will also be keeping a close eye on the potential for heavy traffic before and after the game.
Hayley Robson, Emergency Planning Officer for Highways England, said: “We’ve been working hard for several months with local partners and the event organisers to consider the impact of these three events on the local and regional road network.
“Work has been suspended on various routes to allow traffic to flow freely, including the A1 at Gateshead on Friday and the resurfacing work on the A1 near Berwick on Saturday.
“We urge spectators travelling by car to plan ahead, allow extra time and follow the signs on roads in and around Newcastle.”
Drivers can plan and check travel conditions via Highways England’s live traffic information which can be found at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic and fans can find venue transport information at www.rugbyworldcup.com/travel