West Coast Main Line: Rail passengers urged to plan ahead during EURO 2020
RAIL passengers are encouraged to plan ahead during the UEFA EURO 2020 football tournament with key fixtures taking place at both ends of the west coast mainline.
It will be a key track for football fans during the four-week tournament that kicks off on June 11.
Train services to London and Wembley on Sunday 13 June and Friday 18 June and around, match days are expected to be particularly busy when England are in action.
This last game is one where England and Scotland face off in the group stage.
In total, Great Britain are hosting 12 matches at Wembley Stadium (including the final on July 11) and Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Rail companies will provide route updates and staff will be available to help, but additional people traveling to football games could affect social distancing.
Passengers are urged to book in advance and secure seat reservations where possible, especially as some long-distance services are booked only and a number of trains are already full.
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of the Northwest and Center region of Network Rail, said: “It’s great to see EURO 2020 happening at home and that the games will not take place behind closed doors.
“The rail industry has been planning this for many months so that ticket holders can confidently travel to the Hampden Park and Wembley meetings. We urge people to plan ahead and book their trip in advance. advance with the main line on the west coast which should be busier during the tournament.
As always, people should follow government safety advice, such as wearing face coverings on trains and at stations, unless they are exempt, and take advantage of National Rail’s travel alerts service. ”
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group, said: “While we cannot influence the results on the ground, the rail companies are eager to play a key role in the success of EURO 2020 this year. summer.
“We expect trains to be more crowded as football fans travel to and from games, which is why we encourage people to check before traveling and sign up for travel alerts from. National Rail so we can all travel with confidence. ”
Rail operators are offering services to help people get to matches and will have more people available at stations to help people complete their journeys.
Nick Westcott, Director of Operations at Avanti West Coast, said: “As UK hosts EURO 2020, we are working with UEFA and industry partners to make trains and stations safe for all. those traveling to Wembley and Hampden Park matches. All fans are advised to make sure they have the information they need to make the best travel choice and consider alternative options.
“With only four days to go until the tournament kicks off, we urge fans to travel only if they have a reservation, plan their trip in advance using the National Rail Inquiries website, and leave enough time for their journey. ”
During a trip, people can receive live updates, including congestion information, through National Rail’s Alert Me by Messenger service.