Extra Metro services will be running for this year’s Sunderland International Airshow, and visitors are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey.
The airshow, which takes place on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July on Roker seafront, attracts large crowds from across the North East and beyond, and Metro is one of the key modes of travel, offering fast and frequent services to and from the event.
Metros are expected to be very busy over the weekend, so anyone heading to the Airshow should allow extra time to make their journey.
Extra Metro services will be running to get people home after the event too.
Passengers are advised to alight and board at Seaburn Metro station, which is the nearest station to the seafront.
Metro Services Director Chris Carson said: “Extra Metro services are in place so that we can cope with all of the crowds heading to and from Sunderland for the airshow this weekend. Metro is part of everyday life in Tyne and Wear and we are proud to serve such major events each and every year.
“The popularity of Sunderland International Airshow makes it one of our busiest weekends of the year as thousands of people travel to Roker and Seaburn seafront. We expect services to be busy over the weekend, particularly at Seaburn station, with queues following the event. Extra Metros will be running, but I advise passengers to please leave plenty of time for their journey to and from the airshow.
“We’ll have extra staff on hand to assist passengers over the weekend to save time and avoid queuing at the ticket machines. We’re encouraging people travelling to the event to buy a Day Ticket or use a Pop Pay As You Go card to help make their journeys as quick and efficient as possible.”
Those travelling to the airshow can buy a Day Ticket from any Metro station ticket machine for just £3.10-£5.20 depending on which station they board, or a £1.40 ticket for children 16 and under. The tickets can be used all day allowing passengers to avoid queuing at a Metro ticket machine on their journey home.
Children with an Under 16 Pop card can buy a Child All-day ticket from a Metro station ticket machine on the day for £1.10.
For help planning your journey call 0191 2020 747 (lines are open Monday - Friday from 8am until 6pm) or use the Live Travel Map at nexus.org.uk.
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