Travel and Transport Spice

Concert goers travelling to Sunderland to see the Spice Girls are being encouraged to plan their journeys in advance.

More than 50,000 music fans are expected to arrive in the city to enjoy the Spice Girls concert at the Stadium of Light on 6 June, with many of them first time visitors.

To welcome everyone, and make their journeys to and from the city and the stadium as stress free as possible, community partners led by Sunderland City Council and Sunderland AFC are putting well-rehearsed event travel and transport plans in place.

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

The City Council offers 3,500 car parking spaces, plus on/off street parking, and there are privately run car parks all within comfortable walking distance of the stadium. There is also a 'park and walk' system from Sunderland Enterprise Park and Deptford with access from main road routes into the city.

Sunderland City Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: "We're all looking forward to welcoming music fans from across the country.

"We are an award winning events city, and it's great to see the return of major live music concerts to the stadium. This will be the twentieth international entertainment event of this scale staged there and there are strong plans in place to help concert goers enjoy their visit and the occasion.

"Our city centre has lots to offer with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all open, so people can arrive early, enjoy some time in the city and then walk over to the stadium.

"We want everyone to enjoy themselves so our advice to concert-goers is 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."

The best routes into the city for motorists will be well signposted with temporary traffic signs, with drivers advised to switch off sat navs and follow signs.

Vehicles from travelling from the south are advised to take the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop people 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.

Public parking will not be available on the stadium complex and roads immediately surrounding the Stadium of Light will be closed to traffic all day and therefore vehicle pick up and drop off on or near the site will not be permitted.

Residential streets in the vicinity of the Stadium of Light are also subject to Residents' Parking Permit restrictions.

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