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7 June 2012, 05:30
Tens of thousands of commuters and music fans face travel chaos because of a pay strike by workers on the Tyne and Wear Metro service.
* Travel as early as possible to Sunderland by alternative means than Metro. Roads and local rail services are likely to be very busy, but local bus companies will be providing some additional services on key routes.
* Doors at Stadium of Light open at 5pm and there are places to eat and drink within the venue, and at bars and restaurants in Sunderland City Centre a short walk away.
* A latecomer's bus service will operate from Barrack Road in Newcastle (near St James Metro and football ground) for people needing to travel at the last minute to Stadium of Light. Buses will leave when full between 4pm and 7.30pm and travel non-stop.
* After the concert ends there will be a special fleet of 55 buses leaving from Stadium of Light and calling at Heworth Interchange and Newcastle City Centre. Buses will depart from Kier Hardie Way, the main road north of Stadium of Light, beyond the Aquatic Centre.
* No other transport is being provided in place of Metro services for the above event.
* There will be 1,000 additional parking spaces made available at the Bridges in Sunderland city centre, which will be open until 1am.
For people travelling by bus, there is further information on Go North East's website HERE
Pictured below: South Gosforth Metro station was empty of Thursday as passengers had to find other ways of travelling
Sharon Kelly, Customer Services Director at DBTW, said:
"We are incredibly disappointed that the unions rejected the significantly enhanced pay offer which we made to them on Monday. We made the increased offer specifically to avoid this industrial action and the inevitable disruption it is going to cause to passengers, and the effect it will have on the economy and image of the North East.
As well as disrupting passengers who use Metro to get to work or out and about during the half term holiday, it will also impact on people attending the Coldplay concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light tomorrow night, who were planning to get there and home again by Metro.
We want to advise people about the strike and its effect on services so they are prepared. We are urging everyone to plan ahead and start thinking now about their travel arrangements for tomorrow.
In the case of concert-goers, we urge them to start their journeys as early as possible and spend a bit of time in Sunderland before the concert to ensure they are there in good time and enjoy the evening. We will do everything we can to minimise the effect the strike has and make sure people are as prepared as possible. We?re very sorry that this strike action will inevitably impact on the region and inconvenience people."