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Do you go to the Stadium of Light concerts?

Concert-goers are reminded to plan their trips to Sunderland.

Thousands of music fans are expected in the city to attend concerts by Ed Sheeran and Elton John at the Stadium of Light.

To accommodate everyone and make their journeys to and from the city and stadium as easy as possible, community partners including the City Council, Sunderland AFC, Metro operator Nexus and bus companies are setting up well-prepared travel and transport plans. in place.

These include additional metro and bus services, with a traffic management system for the afternoon and evening to avoid excessive congestion on public transport or on the roads.

The City Council offers over 1,300 parking spaces in the city centre, as well as on-street and off-street parking, and there are private car parks, all within comfortable walking distance of the stadium. For concerts there is a ‘park and drive’ system from Sunderland Enterprise Park with access from the main roads into the city.

The main drop-off and pick-up point for car passengers is the westbound carriageway of Dame Dorothy Street. This is indicated for drivers entering the city center.

Councilor Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “We all look forward to welcoming music fans across the city, region and country as the big gigs return to the Stadium of Light.

“Our town center has a lot to offer with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all open, so people can arrive early, enjoy some time in the town and then walk to the stadium.

“We want everyone to have fun, so our advice to spectators is to plan your trip. Traveling by public transport can take the stress out of driving, but if you’re using the car, please plan your route and don’t forget not that you can’t park or pick up at the stadium as surrounding roads will be closed for concerts.”

The best routes in the city for motorists are marked with temporary road signs, with drivers advised to turn off sat nav and follow the signs. Roadmaps for concerts and live updates are on the A network traffic monitoring site.

Vehicles coming from the south are advised to take the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop people off in the city center or at Dame Dorothy Street, the main drop-off and pick-up point, along with the stadium of the light a few steps away. a way.

Due to the closure of Keir Hardie Way, vehicles from the north and west are advised to use Sunderland Enterprise Park – accessed via the A1231 Wessington Way, this is the main Park and Walk site of the event.

No public parking is available within the stadium complex as the roads immediately surrounding the Stadium of Light in the sheepfold area will be closed. Therefore, pick-up and drop-off of vehicles just outside the stadium is not possible.

We remind motorists that residential streets near the Stadium of Light are subject to resident parking permit restrictions.

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