Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon on to a Winner with Special Services

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon on to a Winner with Special Services

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Byline: AMY HUNT

TOON fans making their way to festive matches are being encouraged to try a greener form of travel.

Football supporters planning to go to Newcastle United's Boxing Day clash with Manchester City are being urged to book now for special services.

As part of the Altoonative Travel campaign, which aims to make it easier for both home and away supporters to get to Newcastle United games and have a knock-on positive effect on the environment, buses are being laid on.

They will also be available for anyone wanting to get stuck into the post-Christmas sales.

As Boxing Day is a bank holiday there will be some changes to public transport. So bosses at Newcastle City Council, which runs Altoonative Travel, have been working with bus and travel operators and United to make the visit easier.

There will be a return coach service from Northumberland to Newcastle on December 26, with stops in Newbiggin, Ashington and Morpeth. The first bus will leave at 11.50am and will run until 1.20pm. Return journeys will leave the city from 5.20pm to 5.35pm.

Altoonative Travel has also secured a return service from Blyth, stopping at Bedlington and Cramlington before arriving in Newcastle. This will also start at 11.50am until 1.20pm. Another service will leave Hexham bus station at 1pm and a service for Corbridge will leave at 1pm via Wylam at 1.30pm heading for Haymarket bus station.

Each return ticket costs pounds 1 and can be bought from the Newcastle United's Online Box Office, www.nufc.talent-sport.co.uk or at the ground's ticket office. They must be bought in advance as no tickets will be available from the bus on the day. Fans can use the park and ride scheme from Newcastle Great Park and for those with a Metro Mover it is free.

Working with Altoonative Travel, Nexus will open all car parks including Kingston Park, Callerton Parkway, Northumberland Park and Heworth free of charge and will operate a more convenient timetable to carry people to the match and will include extra services from the airport and on coastal routes. …

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