West Coast Main Line
warning for fans going to Rangers v Liverpool & other football
FOOTBALL fans intending to travel
to Glasgow for the friendly match between Glasgow Rangers and
Liverpool at Ibrox on Saturday, 2 August 2008 are being advised by
Virgin Trains that:- "There will be no suitable trains for
return to Liverpool after the game."
Virgin Trains also warns:- "those travelling from south of
Carlisle on Saturday that they should double check train times the
day before setting out. They will need to start journeys
significantly earlier than normal as there is no guarantee they will
reach Ibrox in time for the 1500 kick-off. A similar warning also
applies to those travelling from Manchester to the FA Community
Shield match between Manchester United and Portsmouth at Wembley on
Sunday 10 August 2008."
The train operator has also stressed the the route improvement work
on the West Coast Main Line means that road coaches will replace
trains between Preston and Carlisle all day on Saturday, 2 August
2008 and until 1300hours on Sunday, 3 August 2008. This will in turn
extend journey times, that Virgin Trains expect that it might be
around two hours extra.
Details of amended timetables with significantly longer journey
times will be available later this week from National Rail Enquiries
nationalrail.co.uk and 08457 48
49 50, but times currently shown will no longer apply.
Network Rail has also warned that it is carrying out significant
improvement work to prepare for better rail services, but in the
meantime this involves more alterations to timetables than were
originally expected. They also say that:- "Football fans
intending to use Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line should
note that there will be significant changes to rail services every
weekend and on some other dates from now until December 2008,
involving alternative road transport, diverted trains and increased
Cities and towns affected include London, Coventry, Birmingham,
Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester, Wigan,
Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow.
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