Warning issued to Ipswich Town fans travelling by train to Bolton Wanderers match amid rail strikes
Ipswich Town fans planning to catch a train to this weekend's match are being warned of possible travel chaos and train cancellations.
A 24-hour strike by rail union ASLEF will affect fans travelling to Portman Road see the team's first game of the season against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 30.
Ninety per cent of Greater Anglia services will not be running due to the strike and travellers are 'strongly advised' to make other arrangements.
Those travelling to other East Anglian teams including Colchester United, Norwich City, Cambridge United and Peterborough United on Saturday may also be affected.
There will be no services on the following routes on Saturday July 30:
- Between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge North
- Between Norwich and Cambridge/Stansted Airport, Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth
- Between Ipswich and Cambridge, Peterborough, Felixstowe and Lowestoft
- Between Marks Tey and Sudbury
- All other branch lines: Hertford East to Broxbourne, Braintree to Witham, Southminster to Wickford, Harwich Town to Manningtree, Clacton/Walton-on-the-Naze to Colchester, Colchester Town to Colchester, Meridian Water to Stratford
Morning services on Sunday 31 July will also be affected by the strike, with most services starting later than usual at 7/7.30am. Services should be back to normal by early afternoon.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We know that football fans like to travel to matches by train and that there are also many events around the region and in London which people have been looking forward to.
“Unfortunately, with our train drivers on strike we can only run a very limited service and so our advice is to avoid travelling on our trains.
“We are very sorry for the continued disruption this industrial action is causing our customers. The industry is working to resolve the disputes.”
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “With holiday let switchover day starting on Friday mixed with train strikes and a huge weekend of sport, we are concerned that drivers will experience delays across the network with the south of England particularly vulnerable.
“All eyes will be on Dover and Folkestone, but we believe changes have been made throughout the week and we will keep our fingers crossed for a smoother trip across the Channel.
“Breakdowns can make jams worse and last weekend we saw a rise in breakdowns where vehicle checks had not been carried out before setting off.
“Spending 10 minutes checking tyres and fluid levels before setting off can make a big difference in helping people getting to their destination.”
Anyone with a train ticket for Saturday can use it on Friday, Sunday or Monday, change them to a different day or apply to the retailer where they bought them for a free refund.
ASLEF has announced they will be holding another strike on Saturday 13 August, while further RMT strikes have been announced for Thursday 18 and Friday 20 August.
The rail union TSSA will be taking industrial action short of a strike from Thursday 18 to Friday 20 August.
More information including timetables and refund details are available from greateranglia.co.uk/strikes