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Police travel info for FA Cup semi-finals

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The British Transport Police (BTP) has asked the Football Supporters’ Federation to post the following information in advance of the FA Cup semi-finals between Manchester City and Manchester United and Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

UPDATE: A fire today (15th April) has resulted in the closure of the M1 in North London, between junctions 1 and 4. The closure could remain in place for up to 24 hours. This could directly affect those heading to Wembley tomorrow for the Manchester United v Manchester City game.

The Highways Agency have also indicated they have concerns about the structural integrity of the bridge adjacent to the site of the fire, and delays in the area could be long lasting.

We would advise all fans to check appropriate news and travel sources (such as the BBC and Highway Agency) before setting off tomorrow and Sunday, and to allow as much time as possible to reach the ground.

The below represents the views of the BTP and not necessarily the FSF, although we do feel it’s important fans are informed of such issues in advance:

BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE STATEMENT:

BTP officers look forward to welcoming thousands of fans using the rail network to get to and from this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals. BTP officers together with our partners in the rail industry, in particular Virgin Trains and London Underground Limited, will focus on ensuring the safe travel of all football fans, together with other passengers, on the rail network into and out of Euston and the three Wembley stations.

90,000 fans are expected to make their way to Wembley Stadium in North London to watch each game, with a significant number of them using trains from across England and Wales to reach the venue for the 5.15pm kick off. BTP officers will be patrolling on-board trains alongside travelling fans to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible for all passengers and rail staff.

Throughout Saturday 16 April, alcohol WILL NOT be allowed on board ANY trains arriving into Euston from Manchester Piccadilly, or departing Euston to Manchester Piccadilly between the times specified below.

Dry Trains on Saturday 16 April 2011. Intoxicating liquor (alcohol) cannot be bought, carried or consumed on the following services:

  • All trains between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston between 5.25am and 1.45pm. This also applies to all return journeys between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly from 7.10pm.
  • In addition, supporters are also reminded that drinking from or carrying of open containers of alcohol on the London Underground Network is banned.

Throughout Sunday 17 April, alcohol WILL NOT be allowed on board ANY trains arriving into Euston from Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke-on-Trent between the times specified below.

Dry Trains on Sunday 17 April 2011. Intoxicating liquor (alcohol) cannot be bought, carried or consumed on the following services:

  • All trains between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston between 5.15am and 12.00pm. This also applies to all return journeys between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly from 8.30pm.
  • In addition, supporters are also reminded that drinking from or carrying of open containers of alcohol on the London Underground Network is banned.

Superintendent Dave Roney, of BTP, said: “The FA Cup semi-finals promise to be a great day out for all fans and our officers will be helping everyone to enjoy it, as well as ensuring everyone travels to and from the game safely.”

“Throughout both days, we will have officers patrolling stations and on-board trains between Manchester and London. We will not tolerate intimidating or anti-social behaviour from those intent on spoiling the day for others. Trains can become extremely busy during major sporting events such as this and we would urge fans to consider other passengers at all times.

“We’re asking fans to show some consideration for others on board the train and to moderate their language and behaviour – but above all, we want them to enjoy the day. We appreciate the vast majority are always well behaved – but we are warning anyone who steps out of line while travelling on the rail network will be dealt with by our officers.

“Not only are they risking a court appearance, they also risk missing out on seeing the match. Finally, fans should be aware that there are limited return train services to Manchester Piccadilly which will impact on the train capacity to get supporters home. Fans should therefore plan their journey accordingly and consider whether other means of travel may be more appropriate.”

Eoin Brunton, Security Manager for Virgin Trains said: “This will be a massive sporting weekend with two FA Cup semi finals and the London Marathon taking place in the capital. Virgin Trains is geared up to carry thousands of sports fans, and will provide extra services and charter trains to make sure it is a special day for everyone.”

BTP’s tips for football fans:

Do:

  • Allow plenty of time for getting to and from the game as there will be long queues for trains
  • Keep your language clean
  • Enjoy the game and have a great day out

Don’t:

  • Take alcohol on train services into or out of Euston on Saturday – it’s banned and officers will be at stations and travelling on services to enforce the rule
  • Leave it till the last minute to go from your meeting place to the stadium
  • Miss the game because you’ve been arrested for anti-social behaviour

For National Rail Enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 0845 7 48 49 50.

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