Take travel advice

FANS are being advised to plan their journeys now ahead of a performance by chart-toppers Take That.

Almost 250,000 fans will descend on the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, tomorrow, Saturday, and Monday and Tuesday next week.

Peak travel times on concert days will be between 4pm-7pm and 11pm onwards.

Wearmouth Bridge will be closed between 10pm-1am on all concert evenings.

Millennium Way – which surrounds the Stadium of Light – Stadium Way and the entire Sheepfolds Industrial Estate will be subject to tight traffic restrictions, with roads completely closed to the public and non-emergency vehicles throughout the day on concert days.

Vehicles from the south should take the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop visitors off in the city centre, with the stadium a five-minute walk away.

Cars from the north and west should use Sunderland Enterprise Park – accessible via the A1231 Wessington Way, which is the main Park and Walk site.

Thousands of fans from across Hartlepool and east Durham have helped smash UK ticketing records, beating Michael Jackson and Madonna.

It makes the band’s Progress Live tour the music event of 2011.

New figures show that demand for tickets has surpassed that for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It tour, Oasis’ 2009 stadium tour and Madonna’s 2008 and Sticky & Sweet tour.

But ticket exchange site viagogo is warning fans after last-minute tickets not to fall prey to scams.

Concert-goers are collectively conned out of £30m a year by illegitimate websites and auction sites.

Edward Parkinson, director of viagogo UK, said: “We estimate that scam artists could make up to £10 million from this one tour alone.

“Fans need to be extra vigilant when they see a site offering Take That tickets and should not judge a site by its appearance, they must do their homework before they buy.”