Supporters travelling to this year’s Emirates FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Manchester United are encouraged to use coach services to the game following the announcement of further rail strikes that weekend.
This week, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) announced it was planning further strike action on the eve of the Final, Friday 2 June.
This is in addition to strikes already in place by the RMT and train drivers’ union Aslef, on the day of the Final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday 3 June.
It means that there will be a limited national rail service between Manchester and London the day before the Final, and no trains running at all on the day itself.
To compensate for the loss of train services, The FA has secured 60 coaches for both Manchester clubs to help supporters get to the game.
The services will leave two separate locations in Manchester on the morning of the Final and return fans after the game finishes. The cost of a return ticket is £60 for adults and £55 for under 15s (a £1 booking fee will also apply). Spaces are only available to supporters with a valid matchday ticket bought via their club.
Manchester City fans can book their place on a coach here
Manchester United fans can book their place on a coach here
Tom Legg, Head of External Operations at The FA, said: “This additional strike action will severely impact fans who might have been considering travelling to London from Manchester the night before the Final.
“With limited services across the weekend, we would encourage supporters coming to the game to book their coach space early and use the options that The FA has put in place to support them.”
The FA has also worked with Brent Council to provide a park and walk facility at Fryent Country Park. This will provide additional parking services for fans driving to Wembley Stadium and places can be booked here
Travelling from Watford
Some supporters might be considering parking at Watford and travelling into Wembley Stadium using London Underground services. Any fans using this option should travel to the stadium via the Metropolitan Line to Wembley Park and use this service on their exit from the ground too.
Supporters travelling to the game from other locations across the UK are also asked to consider using coach services. They can be booked here