Extra Metro Services To The Tall Ships

Park Lane Metro station entrance 2018

4:19pm 9th July 2018
(Updated 4:37pm 9th July 2018)

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra services on all four days of The Tall Ship Races Sunderland 2018 this week.

Passengers are being warned trains will be very busy with queues at stations at the busiest times as tens of thousands of people make their way to one of the biggest events of the summer. 

Metro will be running extra services to and from Sunderland over all four days of the Tall Ships Races, from 11-14 July.

People travelling to Sunderland should use St Peter’s and Sunderland stations which are just a short walk from the event zones where visiting ships will be berthed on both the North and South side of the River. 

On Saturday 14th July passengers should travel to Seaburn station as a gateway to the seafront and beaches for the best views of the Parade of Sail. Staff at all stations will be on hand to assist and provide directions. 

Metro Services Director Chris Carson said:

“Metro will take you right to the heart of the Tall Ships Races, with additional Metro services operating to and from Sunderland. Trains will be very full between Sunderland and stations in Newcastle city centre throughout the event - but of course people will be travelling to the Tall Ships from across the Metro network so passengers may notice this on other routes. 

“The busiest stations will be Sunderland and St Peter’s during the week and also Seaburn on Saturday.  Stadium of Light and Park Lane will also be very busy. We expect there to be queues to enter these stations towards the evening as people leave events. We advise that passengers plan their journey to allow extra time, or change their normal routine to avoid the busiest stations through Sunderland. 

“Metro is proud to be a partner to the Tall Ships Races Sunderland which we are supporting with extra trains, marketing campaigns across our stations and a travel offer for event volunteers and local crew members.” 

Sunderland is one of the home ports for the prestigious Tall Ships Races and will play host to 55 sailing ships and their crew from around the world with an estimated 1.5m visitors.

tall ships

The city will welcome a majestic fleet of Tall Ships to take part in its festival of culture and entertainment, before they set sail to complete in the first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2018. 

Throughout the duration of the Tall Ships Races in Sunderland, Metro is advising people going to the event to avoid travelling on Metro between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays where possible when train will be busier with communters. Queues to enter stations at peak times are expected and passengers are advised to listen for station announcements and guidnace from staff. 

Chris Carson added:

“It’s such an exciting time for the region and we hope as many people as possible get to experience the Tall Ships when they come into port. As well as the extra trains in service, we will also have staff on duty at key stations throughout the event to manage queues and to look after visitors as well as our regular passengers. 

“To save time, we advise that passengers buy a Day Ticket from a Metro station ticket machine for just £3.00-£5.10 depending on which station you board, or £1.30 Day Ticket for children aged 16 and under.  You can use the same ticket all day which means you won’t need to queue up at Metro ticket machines for your journey home.” 

For help planning your journey call 0191 2020 747 (lines are open Monday - Friday from 8am until 6pm) or use the Live Travel Map here - where you can also find full details of all public transport for The Tall Ship Races Sunderland 2018.

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