Beyonce concert travel advice

Beyonce concert travel advice

Beyonce fans travelling to the Formation World Tour concert at the Stadium of Light have been advised to plan their journey well in advance.

More than 50,000 fans are expected at the concert on Tuesday 28 June. Sunderland City Council and Sunderland AFC, are putting plans in place to ease their journeys to and from the concert.

These include increased Metro and bus services, with a traffic management system in place throughout the afternoon and evening, to avoid over-congestion on public transport or on the roads.

Portfolio Holder for Public Heath, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Sunderland will again welcome music fans to the city for the Beyonce' concert at the Stadium of Light, and as always we want everyone to enjoy their visit and the occasion.

“The city centre has lots to offer with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all open, so why not arrive early, enjoy some time in the city and then walk over to the stadium.

“Our advice to concert-goers is always to plan your journey well in advance. Travelling by public transport can avoid the stress of driving, but if you are using the car please plan your route and remember that you can’t park or pick up at the stadium as the surrounding roads will be closed for the event.”

Tyne and Wear Metro services are geared up to meet demand. DB Regio Tyne and Wear which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, recommends anyone heading to the concert on the Metro should allow plenty of time to make their journey. 

Passengers can get live travel updates from @My­_Metro on twitter. Additional services are being laid on to cope will the increase demand, both before and after the concert. The extra services will be running between Newcastle and Sunderland, augmenting the normal core Metro service. The last train to Newcastle from St Peters’ Metro station leaves as normal at 12.58am.

After the concert, long queues are expected for Metro trains at nearby stations but the extra services will mean these can be cleared as quickly as possible. Extra staff will also be on duty to provide crowd control and customer services to people in the queues.

A special event Metro ticket is available to buy from any Metro ticket machine or TravelShop to help customers avoid the queues for tickets. It costs £4.80 and is valid for all day and all zone travel. It can be found under ‘other tickets’ on the touch screen menu of the Metro ticket machines (please visit www.nexus.org.uk ). 

Go North East is also providing enhanced bus services around the Stadium of Light to areas including South Tyneside after the concert (www.simplygo.com/safcconcerts) with return, saver tickets to and from the event.

For those travelling by car, there are 3,500 spaces available within walking distance of the Stadium of Light and Sunderland City Centre, details can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/parking

The best routes into the city for motorists will be well signposted, with police and council traffic management officers on hand along the way to offer help and advice to drivers.

Motorists are advised to give themselves plenty of time to get into the city. There are roadworks on European Way in Pallion, and part of the A1231 is down to one lane in each direction because of construction work on the new Wear Crossing with possible delays expected. 

Roads immediately surrounding the stadium will be closed to all traffic on the day and there are no vehicle pick up or drop off areas on, or near to the site.

The main messages for drivers are;

​North: From the A19 and follow signs for A1231 Sunderland, then yellow signs for Park & Walk

Alternatively, from the A19 follow signs for A184 Sunderland (North), then either; Roker Seafront or City Centre and use car parks

South: From the A19 follow signs for A1018 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks

From the A1(M) follow signs for A690 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks

West:  From the A183 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks

From the A690 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks

From A1231 follow signs for Sunderland, then yellow signs for Park & Walk

Parking is also available St Peter’s Campus (15min Walk) and seafront car parks (20min walk) which are signposted via the main roads.

More information

Public transport
Metro trains run regularly with passengers advised to plan their journey in advance, leave extra time and check on-line for the latest updates at www.nexus.org.uk.

There will be a Metro train every 12 minutes during the day between Newcastle and Sunderland with increased frequency in services after 4pm and continuing after the event to make sure large crowds can get away from the venue safely.

Passengers can get off and on the Metro at either the Stadium of Light or St Peter's stations before and after the concert, which are both within easy walking distance of the stadium.

Go North East is providing enhanced bus services around the Stadium of Light and to areas including South Shields after the match www.simplygo.com/safcconcerts.

Full advice is on the travel information website www.nexus.org.uk and through North East Travel-line on 0871 200 22 33.

Pick up and drop off points
​Roads immediately surrounding the stadium will be closed to all traffic on the day and there are no vehicle pick up or drop off areas on, or near to the site.

Vehicles from the south are advised to take the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop visitors off in the city centre, with the Stadium of Light just a five-minute walk away.

Vehicles from the north and west are advised to use Sunderland Enterprise Park – accessible via the A1231 Wessington Way, which is also the event’s main Park and Walk site.

Parking
There is no public parking available on the stadium complex, with parking immediately around the Stadium of Light also extremely restricted. Residential streets in the vicinity of the Stadium of Light are also subject to Parking Permit restrictions.   

Sunderland City Council has a number of car parks in operation across the city, with spaces available at sites including St Mary’s (open until Midnight) and Sunniside (open 24 hours) secure car parks.

In order to reduce congestion in car parks following the concert, pre-paid parking will be available at St Mary’s and Sunniside car parks. To take up this offer, drivers should collect a ticket from the barrier, park their vehicle and take the ticket the car park’s main office to purchase the period of parking they require. Normal charges will apply and tickets will only be valid for the period purchased. 

Prices for St Mary's are £1.30 per hour (8am - 6pm) and 70p per hour thereafter, and for Sunniside are £1.10 per hour (8am - 6pm) and 70p per hour thereafter. The concert is expected to end by 10.30pm, and visitors are reminded to purchase enough parking time to cover their stay. 

 • There will be full advice for passengers on the travel information website www.nexus.org.uk and through North East Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

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