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Let’s get fans off the road and onto rail for major football matches, say campaigners

19 May 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to Highways England alert that football fans should expect disruptions if driving to Wembley stadium for this weekend’s FA Cup final.  

 

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The fact that Highways England is expecting traffic jams shows up the lack of public transport alternatives to stadiums on match days.

"Our report, Door to Turnstile, showed football fans are too often put off travelling by rail as they face ever increasing ticket prices, inflexible booking arrangements and engineering works.

"We need to see train operators provide more flexible, additional services. A new national football supporters’ railcard and late kick-off times planned around train timetables to ensure people can get home would also help avoid these kinds of road troubles.“ 

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes for Editors

  • Read Campaign for Better Transport's report into improving travel choices for football fans here - Door to turnstile
  • Read Highways England press release here – Fans heading to Saturday’s FA Cup final advised to plan journeys
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).