FOOTBALL fans travelling to Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby are being urged to make use of extra transport services.
Special Northern Rail and Metro trains are being laid on for supporters heading to the Stadium of Light.
They will go from Newcastle’s Central Station direct to St Peter’s in Sunderland.
It is hoped the move will ensure supporters arrive safely in plenty of time for the noon kick-off as well as help minimise disruption to other travellers.
However, fans are being warned of disruption to Metro services.
Richard McClean, managing director of DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd, operator of the Tyne and Wear Metro on behalf of Nexus, said: “While extra services will be operated to help get fans to and from the match, Metro services will be suspended all day this Sunday between South Gosforth and North Shields for essential engineering work.
“A replacement bus service, the number 900, will be in operation throughout the day and will call at or near all Metro stations on the affected route.
“All Metro passes and purchased tickets will be valid on the bus replacement service.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this vital maintenance work to Metro on football derby day.
“If possible, supporters should use the special Metro services that have been provided especially for the derby match.”
Chief Superintendent Rachel Kearton, of Sunderland Area Command, also encouraged fans use the special trains.
“This will ensure they get to Sunderland safely and in good time for the match,” she said. “There will be a police presence in and around Central Station and at Metro stations.”
“Officers will be on hand to assist and we would ask all fans to co-operate.”