Supporters who travel to games at 1st Cloud Arena by Metro are advised to plan their journeys over the next three months while a major line closure is in place.
Metro services between South Shields and Pelaw are suspended for 12 weeks, with the works due to be completed by December 3rd. This Saturday’s home game against Atherton Collieries will be the first fixture affected by the suspension.
The existing freight line on the track will be upgraded and electrified, while almost 3km of single track sections will be dualled so trains can run in both directions at the same time.
Two frequent replacement bus services will be in operation throughout the 12 weeks, with Metro tickets and passes to be valid on those services. Bus drivers on those services will also sell tickets.
Service 900 will call at or close to all stations between South Shields and Heworth, with the express service X900 to stop at South Shields, Jarrow and Heworth.
Passengers are advised that journeys will take longer than usual, so extra time should be allowed for travel, and replacement bus and train times should be monitored before starting a journey.
Those seeking help planning their journey are advised to use the Live Travel Map on Metro’s website, or to call 0191 20 20 747. The lines are open from Monday to Friday each week between 9am and 5pm.
Other alternative travel options are available, including the Crusader 27 bus, which has a host of stops between South Shields Interchange and Bede Industrial Estate, including the Town Hall, Dean Road and South Eldon Street. Passengers can alight near the old post office on the estate and then walk to the ground under the Metro underpass.
Bus number 10 is also an option. The service begins at South Shields Interchange and stops at locations including Mowbray Road, Horsley Hill, South Tyneside Hospital and Biddick Hall. Supporters coming to a game would alight at Falmouth Drive/Tavistock Place in Low Simonside and walk to the ground from there.