East Midlands Railway have provided the following information for supporters travelling by train to London this Saturday:
Trains between Nottingham and London are expected to be extremely busy as both Play-Off Finals at Wembley on Saturday (Sky Bet League Two) and Sunday (Sky Bet Championship) feature teams on the East Midlands Railway network.
Thousands of supporters are expected to travel to and from London on both days.
Travelling for the Football
As you would expect, trains from Nottingham and Mansfield are set to be much busier than usual this weekend so we've relaxed some of our ticket restrictions to give you options to get to Wembley and back.
Options to consider
- Consider travelling from Chesterfield- On Saturday, tickets from Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse will be valid on our Chesterfield - London trains which avoid the crowds at Nottingham.
b. Consider travelling from/via Kettering - If you live slightly further south consider travelling from or changing trains at Kettering. Kettering benefits from a direct service to London St Pancras every 30 minutes and typically have more seats than trains originating from Nottingham.
- Consider travelling from/to Derby - If you have a ticket from/to Nottingham it will be accepted on board trains from/to Derby instead. These trains are expected to be less busy than those to/from Nottingham.
After the match on Sunday, we've ensured that we are running as many carriages as possible on trains leaving London St Pancras, providing an additional 1,300 seats. In addition, our 2032 London St Pancras to Derby service will call additionally at Nottingham on the way to Derby.
Do not leave it too late to travel back home. The very last train towards Nottingham departs London St Pancras at 23:22 but we advise that you travel back earlier. It's likely that the last train will be extremely popular and possibly too busy to board.
Did you know we update our website with valuable customer information 24/7? Here are a few ways you can keep up to date with all the information relevant to your journey before you even leave for the station.
Check to see if your train is on time
You can use our handy live departure boards to check to see how your train is currently running.
Check the status of your route
You can use our rainbow boards to read about any problems which may affect your train later in your journey plus any changes to facilities on board your train.
Passenger Assist is a UK-wide service which allows you to book help on any train or at any station. Using it means we’re aware of when you’re travelling, where you’re seated, and any connections you have to make. We’re here to help at any stage of your journey.
We recommend booking assistance before you travel. There are two ways to book assistance through Passenger Assist; Call 08000 11 33 23 or Book Online
If you see something that doesn't look right speak to our team or the British Transport Police. You can text the British Transport Police discretely on 61016.
EMR wishes both Mansfield Town and Nottingham Forest the best of luck at Wembley this weekend.