FOOTBALL fans in the region are being urged to plan their journey ahead of Middlesbrough and Sunderland’s clash at the Riverside next week.

The match on Wednesday, April 26, kicks off at 7.45pm, however no Northern train services will be running from Middlesbrough to Sunderland as no special services have been planned to run that evening.

The last trains leaving Middlesbrough during the evening will be the 8.50pm to Nunthorpe, the 9.10pm to Sunderland, Newcastle and Metrocentre, and the 10.06pm service to Saltburn.

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Andy Harmieson, station manager for Northern, said: “This is a vital clash for both teams, but as well as thinking about what is happening on the pitch, fans need to plan ahead and work out the best way to get home.

“We always seek to provide the best possible service for our customers, but sadly the only service we are able to offer following full time will be to Saltburn – meaning fans seeking to get to Sunderland will not be able to use Northern’s trains.”

For more information, visit northernrailway.co.uk or nationalrail.co.uk