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Transport police prepare for FA Cup final

Transport police issue travel advise to Wigan and Manchester City fans Photo: Press Association

British Transport Police (BTP) officers look forward to welcoming thousands of fans using the rail network to get to and from Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.

BTP officers together with our partners in the rail industry and in particular Virgin Trains and London Underground Limited will focus on ensuring the safe travel of both sets of football fans, together with other passengers, on the rail network into and out of Euston and the 3 Wembley Stations

90,000 fans are expected to make their way to Wembley Stadium in North London to watch the 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.

To assist with this alcohol will not be allowed on any Virgin trains departing London Euston following the conclusion of the cup final. This means alcohol cannot be bought, carried or consumed on the relevant services.

In addition, supporters are reminded that drinking from or carrying of open containers of alcohol on the London Underground Network is banned.

Superintendent Malcolm McKinnon, of BTP, said: “Saturday promises to be a great day for both Manchester City and Wigan Athletic fans and our officers will be helping everyone to enjoy it, as well as ensuring everyone travels to and from the game safely.”

“Throughout the day, we will have officers patrolling stations and on board trains between Manchester/Wigan and London. We will not tolerate intimidating or anti-social behaviour from those intent on spoiling the day for others.”

He added: “Trains can become extremely busy during major sporting events such as this and we would urge fans to consider other passengers at all times”

“There will be other non football passengers on board the trains, so we ask that fans moderate their language and behave themselves. Above all we want this to be a day to remember for all the right reasons.

“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 and future matches as we will pursue football banning orders where appropriate.”

Eoin Brunton, Security Manager for Virgin Trains said: “This will be a massive sporting weekend and Virgin Trains is geared up to carry thousands of fans to London to celebrate the showpiece of English football.

“But, we are advising supporters that there are no suitable services returning to the north west that take into account the uncertainty of when the match will actually end.

“The last train from London Euston to Wigan North Western on a Saturday leaves at 20:31, while the last departure to Manchester Piccadilly is at 21:00. The cup presentation ceremony and celebrations, together with the possibility of extra time and a penalty shoot out, all mean that by the time supporters reach London Euston following a journey from Wembley last trains will have departed.”

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 trainsBe aware of other passengers – watch your language and behaviourEnjoy the game and have a great day out

Don’t:

Take alcohol on train services out of Euston on Saturday – it’s banned and officers will be at stations and travelling on services to enforce the ruleLeave it until the last minute to go from your meeting place to the stadiumMiss the game because you’ve been arrested for anti-social behaviourThink there will be extra services travelling north after the game .The published services are the only services

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