Ahead of Elton John’s visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, Sunderland Council have issued new travel advice for spectators and urged them to plan their trips.
Around 30,000 fans are expected to fill Sunderland Stadium on Sunday June 19 for Elton John’s only concert in the North East of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Additional metro and bus services will operate before and after the event to avoid excessive traffic congestion as fans of the music icon travel to the venue.
Keir Hardie Way and the roads surrounding the stadium will be closed to allow the council to manage traffic.
Councilor Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “We want everyone to have fun, so our advice to spectators is to plan your trip.
“Travelling by public transport can take the stress out of driving, but if you are using the car please plan your route and remember that you cannot park or be picked up from the stadium as the surrounding roads will be closed for the concert.”
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“Following the success of the Ed Sheeran concerts over the Jubilee weekend, we are truly looking forward to welcoming music fans from across the city, region and country for the Elton John concert at the Stadium of Light this Sunday.
“Our town center has a lot to offer with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all open, so people may want to arrive early, enjoy some time in the town and then walk to the stadium.”
Here are all the travel tips concertgoers need to plan a smooth trip to the concert:
Sunderland Council advised drivers coming from the south to use the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop people off in the city center or Dame Dorothy Street, with the Stadium of Light just a short walk away.
Due to the closure of Keir Hardie Way, vehicles from the north and west are advised to use the park and walk site at Sunderland Enterprise Park via the A1231 Wessington Way.
Roads surrounding the venue will be closed and there will be no pick-up and drop-off areas just outside the stadium.
There will be no parking available on the stadium grounds and drivers have been reminded that the residential streets around the stadium are restricted by residential parking permits.
Council-run St Mary’s and Sunniside car parks charge a flat rate of £2 to park all day on Sundays, with over 1,300 parking spaces in the town centre, as well as street parking and off street available.
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There are also several private car parks, all within walking distance.
For the concert there is also park and walk parking at Sunderland Enterprise Park with access from the main roads into the city.
Additional buses and subways will run before and after the concert to help fans get to the stadium.
Those using the tube are advised to allow plenty of time to get to Sunderland before the concert, and then use either St Peter’s or Stadium of Light tube stations, where additional staff and queue management waiting will be in place.
After the concert, the last train to Newcastle leaves St Peter’s at 23:59, or Stadium of Light at 00:00.
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The last train to South Hylton will leave the Stadium of Light at 11.43pm and stop at St Peter’s at 11.45pm.
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